BIS Seeks Comment on Schedule 1 Chemicals of the Chemical Weapons Convention by December 10


Source: World Trade Interactive, November 10, 2009
Related Topics: Government Agencies Special Topics Department of Commerce International Trade Chemical Weapons Convention

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is seeking comments by Dec. 10 regarding the impact that implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), through the Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act and the Chemical Weapons Convention Regulations, has had on commercial activities involving Schedule 1 chemicals through calendar year 2009. These comments will assist BIS in the preparation of its annual certification that the legitimate commercial activities and interests of chemical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical firms in the U.S. are not being significantly harmed by the CWC’s limitations on access to and production of those chemicals and toxins listed in Schedule 1.

The CWC imposes a number of obligations on countries that have ratified it, including the enactment of legislation to prohibit the production, storage and use of chemical weapons. It also requires states parties to implement a comprehensive data declaration and inspection regime to provide transparency and to verify that both the public and private sectors are not engaged in prohibited activities.

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