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December 2021

In Search of a Chemical Weapons Free World: Three Decades of Abolishing Chemical Weapons (CBW Magazine)

Within the next two years, the world will witness a historic turning point – the completion of over three decades of international efforts to safely destroy all declared chemical weapons stockpiles. This has been an enormous and costly task, far beyond what the negotiators of the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) envisioned during their twelve years of treaty drafting and discussion.

8 December 2021

S. Korea develops real-time, standoff chemical warfare agent detector (The Korea Herald)

South Korea has developed its first homegrown technology for early detection of chemical weapons attacks at long distances, the state-run weapons development agency announced.

6 December 2021

Defence key in fight against chemical weapons (Australian Government Department of Defence)

Defence has been granted Designated Laboratory Status for both biomedical and environmental sample analysis by the international Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). This accreditation makes Defence scientists eligible to analyse environmental and biomedical samples following OPCW inspections, or to verify the suspected use of chemical warfare agents.

1 December 2021

U.S. Leads International Action To Address the Aerosolized Use of Central Nervous System-acting Chemicals for Law Enforcement (U.S. Department of State)

The United States, in collaboration with Australia, Switzerland, and 49 other countries cosponsored the decision. The United States has long been concerned that some countries are concealing their offensive work related to central nervous system-acting chemicals.  In the annual report to Congress on States Parties’ compliance with the CWC, the United States has raised concerns regarding China, Iran, and Russia’s interest in these chemicals.

1 December 2021

Decision on aerosolized use of Central Nervous System-acting chemicals adopted by OPCW Conference of States Parties (OPCW)

The Decision provides more clarity on the Conference’s understanding under the CWC on the aerosolised use of Central Nervous System (CNS)-acting chemicals for law enforcement purposes, drawing on the extensive work of the OPCW’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). The SAB recognised that chemicals that selectively modify CNS functions, such as the opioid fentanyl and its analogues, which are considered to be safe when used under controlled medical conditions, can have a very low safety margin when delivered as an aerosol.