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The CWC is the only international treaty with a system of verification to ban comprehensively an entire category of weapons of mass destruction. It is the principal international instrument for addressing the threat posed by chemical weapons.
The CWC bans the development, production, stockpiling, and use of chemical weapons. It provides for:
As at January 2019, 96 per cent of chemical weapons stockpiles declared by possessor States Parties to the CWC had been verifiably destroyed. Only four countries are not party to the CWC (Israel – a signatory, Egypt, North Korea and South Sudan).
Australia's implementation of its responsibilities under the CWC is coordinated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, including the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office (ASNO). Australia also cooperates closely with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague. Australia's role as Chair of the Australia Group further strengthens the effective implementation of the CWC.
A Guide for Industry Producing, Using or Trading Chemicals 2014
Inspection Information for Producers and Users of Chemicals 2014
The Chemical Weapons Convention: Information for Importers and Exporters of Chemicals 2014