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Pure Appl. Chem.
74(12), 2235-2240, 2002
Pure and Applied
Vol. 74, Issue 12
Verification under the Chemical Weapons Convention. A reflective
R. G. Manley
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,
The Hague, Netherlands
The verification regime of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) has
now been in operation for more than five years. Its two principal components
are the declarations to be made by States Parties and the on-site inspections
carried out by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
(OPCW) inspectors to verify these declarations. Its implementation has
proved to be a resounding success - more than 1200 on-site inspections
have been carried out in ver 50 of the Convention s 145 States
Parties and many practical lessons have been learned. To ensure the
continued success of the verification regime, some problems -particularly
in relation to industry declarations, the updating of the approved list
of inspection equipment, on-site sampling and analysis, and off-site
analysis- need to be resolved.
*Lecture presented at the IUPAC Workshop, Impact of
Scientific Developments on the Chemical Weapons Convention, Bergen,
Norway, 30 June-3 July 2002. Other presentations are published in this
issue, pp. 2229-2322.
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