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Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, OPCW

International Organisation

Published: 06 July 2012 Modified: 11 October 2013

After the Chemical Weapons Convention was signed in Paris in 1993, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was established in 1997 to monitor the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Since its entry into force in 1997, the CWC has already attracted 189 Member States. An additional two countries (Signatory States) have signed the CWC, thus rendering political support to the objectives and principles of the Convention and committing them to not undermining the Convention’s objectives. Only five States (Non-Signatory States) worldwide have not taken any action on the Convention.


The OPCW is a fully-independent international organisation. The international community is using the Chemical Weapons Convention to eliminate the possibility of developing, producing, using, stockpiling or transferring these dreadful weapons forever.

The OPCW's vision is simple yet demanding: a world free from chemical weapons and which fosters cooperation in the peaceful uses of chemistry. The organisation’s ultimate aim is to contribute to international security and stability, general and complete disarmament, and global economic development. To help with the destruction and non-proliferation of chemical weapons the OPCW relies upon a group of specially trained international inspectors who carry out inspections of military and industrial sites.

For more information download the PDF about the OPCW


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