The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced on Friday that it has completed 3,000 chemical industry inspections.
This milestone was achieved this past week after four inspections took place in four geographic locations.
“Chemical industry verification is one of the pillars of the [Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)]; the successful completion of 3,000 inspections strengthens our resolve to ensure that chemical weapons are never again produced or used," the announcement stated. "We recognize the key importance of the cooperation of the global chemical industry in achieving this aim.”
The OPCW takes part in these inspections to ensure that chemical industrial plants globally are performing in accordance to the CWC, and it allows for the organization to remain confident with the state members to the convention and to remain vigilant toward preventing the reemergence of chemical arms.
The OPCW conducts approximately 241 inspections at facilities determined to be in need of inspection with regard to the CWC, these facilities are selected due to their production capacity and if they could be used to develop chemical weapons. Currently, 80 state parties operate facilities in this class.
The OPCW is the international organization behind the CWC, which prohibits the use, development and stockpiling of chemical weapons. The OPCW regularly takes part in regional education seminars on implementation of the CWC, emergency and medical response and other areas defined within the CWC.