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Chemical Weapons Convention

Department has been appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as one of the agencies in the National Authority Chemical Weapons Convention (NACWC) to meet the requirements of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) as well as implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention Act 2005, which regulated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Department is also responsible for dealing with issues related to security and management of chemicals, including chemicals conventions. Department plays a vital role in helping NACWC to enforce the Chemical Weapons Conventions Act 2005 and Chemical Weapons Conventions Regulations 2007. Department was given responsibility to provide a national inspection procedures for chemical weapons by the National Inspection.

Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is the implementing body of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, or the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which entered into force in 1997. As of today OPCW has 190 Member States, who are working together to achieve a world free of chemical weapons. The Organisation is based in The Hague, Netherlands.

Malaysia signed the CWC on 13 January 1993 and ratified the Convention on 20 April 2000. The Convention entered into force in Malaysia on 20 May 2000. In June 16th 2005, Chemical Weapons Convention Act was gazetted to implement the Convention and to provide for other matters connected there with.

OPCW’s Goal

The OPCW Member States share the collective goal of preventing chemistry from ever again being used for warfare, thereby strengthening international security. To this end, the Convention contains four key provisions:
  • destroying all existing chemical weapons under international verification by the OPCW;
  • monitoring chemical industry to prevent new weapons from re-emerging;
  • providing assistance and protection to States Parties against chemical threats; and
  • fostering international cooperation to strengthen implementation of the Convention and promote the peaceful use of chemistry.
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National Authority Chemical Weapons Convention

Department has been appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as one of the agencies in the National Authority Chemical Weapons Convention (NACWC) to meet the requirements of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) as well as implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention Act 2005, which regulated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Department is also responsible for dealing with issues related to security and management of chemicals, including chemicals conventions. Department plays a vital role in helping NACWC to enforce the Chemical Weapons Conventions Act 2005 and Chemical Weapons Conventions Regulations 2007. Department was given responsibility to provide a national inspection procedures for chemical weapons by the National Inspection.

Members of National Authorities are as below:
  1. Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the lead agency
  2. Ministry of Defence
  3. Ministry of Internal Security (now incorporated into the Home Ministry)
  4. Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)
  5. Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI)
  6. Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) (Ministry of Human Resource)
  7. Pesticide Board
  8. Department of Chemistry
  9. Department of Environment
  10. Royal Malaysian Police
  11. Royal Malaysian Customs
  12. Pharmaceutical Services Department (Ministry of Health)
  13. Science and Technology Research Institute for Defence (STRIDE)
RELATED INFO:
  1. Chemical Weapons Convention Act 2005
  2. National Authority Chemical Weapons Convention

Schedule Chemicals

The following Schedules list toxic chemicals and their precursors. For the purpose of implementing this Convention, these Schedules identify chemicals for the application of verification measures according to the provisions of the Verification Annex.

FURTHER INFO:

    1. Schedule 1
    2. Schedule 2
    3. Schedule 3

Declaration

One of the most important obligations in the Convention that Malaysia need to fulfil is to submit the Annual Declarations. Thus, companies which involved in activities above the declarations threshold limit related to Scheduled Chemicals and Unscheduled Discrete Organic Chemicals (DOC) has to submit their annual declaration to the National Authority. The submission of the annual declaration is mandatory under the CWC Act 2005. Hence, the failure to submit the annual declarations is an offence under the law.

A company which involved in any of these following activities that are covered under the Convention has to submit their annual declarations to the National Authorities.

Activity
Schedule 1
Schedule 2
Schedule 3
DOC
Production  black check mark md  black check mark md  black check mark md  black check mark md
Processing  black check mark md  black check mark md  -  -
Consumption  black check mark md  black check mark md  -  -
Acquire  black check mark md  -  -  -
Retain  black check mark md  -  -  -
Import/Export  black check mark md  black check mark md  black check mark md  -
Transfer (Local sale)  black check mark md  -  -  -

Any person dealing with relevant activities involving Scheduled Chemicals shall submit their Annual Declaration on Activities in the Previous Calendar Year and Annual Declaration on Anticipated Activities for the following Calendar Year to the National Authority.

Any person who produces DOC and DOC with Phosphorus, Sulphur and Fluorine (PSF) shall submit their Annual Declaration on Activities in the Previous Calendar Year to the National Authority. However, declarations are not required for mixtures of chemicals containing 30 percent or less of a Scheduled 2B or Schedule 3 Chemical.

For further info about Declaration, please contact NA CWC (03 8000 8000).

Inspection

All declarations on Activities in the Previous Year are subjected to International Inspection sent by the Technical Secretariat of the OPCW. On the other hand, the CWC Act 2005 provides provisions to the National Inspectors to conduct National Inspections to the industries.

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