Permanent representation of the Netherlands to the OPCW, Netherlands

The Netherlands and the OPCW

The Netherlands does not possess chemical weapons, nor facilities, which could produce chemical weapons. The consequences of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) are therefore generally limited to the civilian sector. Chemical facilities and traders in chemical products fall under the declaration and verification requirements of the CWC.

In order to implement the CWC, enforcement legislation was drawn up, resulting from a joined effort of all relevant ministries in The Hague. In drawing up this legislation, close attention has been paid to maintaining a proper balance between compliance with the provisions of the CWC and limiting the burden on the Dutch chemical industry.

In Spring 1995, the Dutch Senate and the House of Representatives approved of the Convention as well as the enforcement legislation. Together with the Convention, the enforcement legislation came into force in April 1997.