OPCW completes 2,000 inspections

Officials from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons announced on Thursday that hey have now completed 2,000 inspections of declared chemical facilities.

The landmark inspection was administered at an industrial plan in the Republic of Korea.

Founded in 1997, the OPCW is  an inter-governmental organization responsible for the promotion and adherence to the Chemical Weapons Convention, which prohibits the use of chemical weapons and requires their destruction.

To date, the Netherlands-based organization has now conducted industry inspections for over 1,500 facilities in more than 80 countries. In each inspection, OPCW was able to verify the activities declared by the state parties.

“Industry inspections constitute a key element of the chemical weapons convention and an essential supplement to States Parties’ own measures to monitor their chemical industries,” Ahmet Üzümcü, the OPCW director-general, said, according to OPCW.org.

Article IV of the treaty with the CWC also mandates that trade of toxic chemicals is only permitted among member states. As of August, 188 states were party to the CWC, while another two countries had signed but not yet ratified the convention.

In July, the OPCW reported that just over 60 percent of the chemical weapons stockpile declared by State Parties have been destroyed.