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Declarations

As per the requirement of the Chemical Weapons Convention , states-parties(member states) to declare in writing to the OPCW their chemical weapons stockpiles, chemical weapons production facilities (CWPFs), relevant chemical industry facilities, and other weapons-related information within 30 days of the convention's entry into force for each member state. 

1.     Obligations under CWC :-

The obligations to submit declarations in the prescribed forms and as per laid down timelines arise from the provisions of Article VI of the Convention and the corresponding provisions of the CWC Act,2000.

The following types of chemical industry units and other enterprises are required to file declarations under the Convention and the CWC Act viz.:-

(i)     Schedule 2 facilities and Schedule 3 facilities with activities above declaration thresholds.

(ii)    OCPF (Other Chemical Production Facilities) facilities which means a DOC facility or a PSF facility.

(iii)     Schedule 2 and Schedule 3 facilities with activities below declaration thresholds.

(iv)    Non-manufacturing exporters and/or importers of Schedule 2 and Schedule 3 chemicals.

2.       Status of Declarations in India

i.                   Chemical weapons-related declarations-

India submitted Chemical weapons-related declaration within the given time   frame under the Convention. The declared chemical weapons stockpile was destroyed and verified within the time frame stipulated in the Convention.

ii.                 Article VI declarations

During the year 2013, India declared 600 chemical production facilities (ADPA-2013). Details of declared production facilities as per Article VI of the Convention for the period 2007 to 2013 in respect of schedule 1, 2, 3 & OCPF facilities is given below 2:

Declared Chemical Production Facilities in India

1

Type

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Schedule 1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Schedule 2

24

27

35

37

43

43

30

32

Schedule 3

30

34

37

35

38

40

38

41

OCPF

360

445

509

532

532

522

531

518

TOTAL

415

507

582

605

614

606

600

592

 

3. Relevant Important information on Declaration

     Declaration Activities

    

 

Declaration Trigger

Weight Thresholds

Concentration Thresholds

Time period

Schedule 2 Chemicals

Aggregate National Data on Chemicals

Production, Processing,  Consumption, Import or Export above threshold at national level

·   1kg of Sched. 2A*     

·   100kg of a Sched. 2A   

·   1 tonne of a Sched. 2B   

·   1% of Sched. 2A*     

·   1% of  Sched. 2A       

·   30% of  Sched. 2B     

Previous calendar year

Plant Sites

A plant or plant(s) with Production, Processing or Consumption above threshold

·   1kg of Sched. 2A*    

·   100kg of a Sched. 2A   

·   1 tonne of a Sched. 2B  

·   1% of Sched. 2A*     

·   1% of  Sched. 2A       

·   30% of a Sched. 2B     

Previous 3 calendar years or next calendar year

Plant Sites with Past Production for CW purposes

Production for CW purposes

No threshold

No low concentration threshold

Anytime since 1 January 1946

Schedule 3 Chemicals

Aggregate National Data on Chemicals

Production, Import or Export above thresholds at national level

30 tonnes of a Schedule 3  chemical

30%

Previous calendar year

Plant Sites

A plant or plant(s) with Production above threshold

30 tonnes of a Schedule 3  chemical

30%

Previous or next calendar year

Plant Sites with Past Production for CW purposes

Production for CW purposes

No threshold

No low concentration threshold

Anytime since 1 January 1946

Discrete Organic Chemicals

Other Chemical Production Facilities

Production by synthesis above threshold

·   Aggregate for the plant site of 200 tonnes of DOCs

·   30 tonnes of an individual PSF chemical in one or more plant(s)

No low concentration threshold

Previous calendar year

 
4. Declaration requirements and deadlines for submission
 

TYPE

Declaration Requirement and Deadlines for Submission

Schedule 2

Schedule 3

OCPF

Initial Declarations

Aggregate National Data

EIF (SP) + 30 days

Declarations for Plant Sites

EIF (SP) + 30 days

Aggregate National Data

EIF (SP) + 30 days

Declarations for Plant Sites

EIF (SP) + 30 days

Declarations for Plant Sites

EIF (SP) + 30 days

Annual Declarations of Past Activities*

Aggregate National Data

Year End + 90 days

Declarations for Plant Sites

Year End + 90 days

Aggregate National Data

Year End + 90 days

Declarations for Plant Sites

Year End + 90 days

Update

Year End + 90 days

Annual Declarations of Anticipated Activities**

Declarations for Plant Sites

Begin of Year - 60 days

Declarations for Plant Sites

Begin of Year -  60 days

 

Initial Declaration of Past Production of Scheduled Chemicals for CW Purposes

Declarations for Plant Sites

 

EIF (SP) + 30 days

Declarations for Plant Sites

 

EIF (SP) + 30 days

 

Additionally Planned

Activities

Change After Annual

Anticipatory Declarations

Change - 5 days

Change After Annual

Anticipatory Declarations

Change - 5 days

 

*          Implementation of the obligation to make annual declarations of past activities will start in the calendar year following the year when the Convention enters into force for the State Party.

**        Submission of annual declarations of anticipated activities will be due 60 days before the beginning of the calendar year following the year in which the Convention enters into force for the State Party.

Abbreviations:

EIF (SP) + 30 days:               Not later than 30 days after the CWC enters into force for the State Party.

Year End + 90 days:             Not later than 90 days after the end of the previous calendar year (i.e. 90 days after the end of the year which the declaration covers).

Begin of Year - 60 days:      Not later than 60 days before the beginning of the following calendar year (i.e. 60 days before the beginning of the year which the declaration covers).

Change - 5 days:                    Not later than 5 days before an activity begins which is additionally planned after the annual declaration on anticipated activities has been submitted.

DOC:                                        Unscheduled discrete organic chemicals (see the definition in subparagraph 3.2 in this section).

PSF:                                          DOCs containing phosphorus, sulfur or fluorine (see the definition in subparagraph 3.2 in this section).

5. The detailed information on declaration has been provided in the below mentioned Handbooks of Chemicals. 

Declaration Handbook

 

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