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Ensuring and Assisting U.S. Industry's Compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention
Department of Commerce, Herbert C. Hoover Building, Washington, DC

  • NEW  CY 2015 “Change In Inspection Status” “CIIS” Declaration for Unscheduled Discrete Organic Chemicals (UDOCs) due by December 15, 2015 (postmarked).

  •  IF your UDOC facility is currently declared and subject to inspection based on activities that occurred in CY 2014 (i.e., CY 2014 Annual Declaration on Past Activities (ADPA) or UDOC No Changes Certification)  and  IF  your facility will not in CY 2015 produce by synthesis more than 200 metric tons of UDOCs (the inspection threshold), you should submit a “Change In Inspection Status” Form (CIIS Form) to TCD by December 15th  to avoid a possible unnecessary inspection of your facility during the first 3 months of CY 2016, before the United States submits the 2015 ADPA to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). 

    Also, if your UDOC facility shutdown or  ceased declarable activities during CY 2015 (and did not produce by synthesis more than 30 metric tons of an individual PSF chemical or  200 metric tons aggregate of all UDOCs), you may submit a CIIS notify TCD on the status change of your facility (complete Question B.7).  TCD will notify the OPCW on the status change of your facility to ensure an inspection does not occur during the first three months of CY 2016.

    Submit your CIIS Form to TCD via Web-DESI or via post or carrier to the following address:

    U.S. Department of Commerce
    Bureau of Industry and Security
    Treaty Compliance Division
    14th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
    Room 4515
    Washington, DC 20230

    See TCD's publication on the change to a facility’s inspection status for additional background information.

  • NEW “Impact of the Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) on Legitimate Commercial Chemical, Biotechnology, and Pharmaceutical Activities Involving “Schedule 1” Chemicals (Including Schedule1 Chemicals Produced as Intermediates) through Calendar Year 2015”

    BIS is seeking public comments on the impact that implementation of the CWC, through the CWC Implementation Act (CWCIA) and the CWC Regulations (CWCR) has had on commercial activities involving “Schedule 1” chemicals during calendar year 2015.  Specifically, BIS is seeking information to determine whether the legitimate commercial activities and interests of chemical, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical firms in the United States are significantly harmed by the limitation of the CWC on access to, and production of, “Schedule 1” chemicals, including Schedule 1 chemicals produced as an intermediate in the production of another chemical.  Comments are due to BIS by December 16, 2015.

    See TCD’s publication -- “Production of Intermediate Schedule 1 Chemicals and Schedule 1 “Captive Use” Declaration Guidance” for useful guidance on production of intermediate Schedule 1 chemicals and Schedule 1 chemicals in a captive use situation. 

  • NEW Product Group Codes (PGCs) List Revised.

    The list of PGCs has been updated to: 1) add new PGC 519; 2) denote PGCs 522, 525, 571, 572, 573, 574, 575, 579, 581, 582 and 583 should not be declared to describe the main activities of UDOC facilities; and 3) identify examples of typical chemicals/products within most PGC categories.

  • Interactive Pre-Inspection Briefing (PIB) Template: The PIB template has been updated to reflect current operational practices. You can download the PowerPoint template and customize it to your facilities activites in preparation for a possible inspection.[Powerpoint Presentation]
  • Web-DESI - Submit your request for Web-DESI access via fax to 202-482-1731. E-mail your questions on Web-DESI to: vog.cod.sib@isedbewcwc

  • Global Chemical Industry Compliance Program (GC-ICP): A handbook to assist companies in determining if their chemical is subject to declaration/reporting under the CWC and other administrative elements, such as corporate commitment statement and recordkeeping. [PDF]


    Ensure an effective treaty compliance system by:

    • Assisting industry towards compliance with the CWC.
    • Maximizing the protection of confidential business information.
    • Minimizing burdens and costs to facilities.
    • Seeking equitable international implementation.

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    Electronic Declarations
    and Reports


    Web-DESI is a user-friendly, time-saving tool available for submitting CWC declarations and reports via the Internet.

    BIS Bulletin CWC-002: A Quick Guide
    Separate Window: BIS Bulletin CWC-004-04: Chemicals


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