Chemical Weapons Prohibition

Since 2000 The State Office for Nuclear Safety (SÚJB), as the National Authority of the Czech Republic, has been guaranteeing obligations resulting from the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC, website). The issue of control of the chemical weapons prohibition is one of the priorities of the SÚJB activity. The target is to contribute to the reduction of the risk of their abuse, including prevention to possible terrorist attacks.

The SÚJB carries out the function of state surveillance over the measures related to the prohibition of chemical weapons in accordance with the Act No. 19/1997 Coll., as amended, on some measures concerning chemical weapons prohibition and Decree No. 208/2008 Coll., implementing the Act No. 19/1997 Coll., where chemicals are listed in individual Schedules in accordance with the classification.

Also in the past period securing of meeting the obligations resulting from the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction (Chemical Weapons Convention) remained an integral part of the state surveillance activity in this area. It involves in particular the following:

  • Transposition of the requirements resulting from the membership in the CWC to the Czech legal system,
  • Cooperation when performing international inspections,
  • Active participation in the work of organizations entrusted with the coordination of the international effort to control the prohibition of individual categories of weapons of mass destruction.

To this issue is also related participation of SÚJB experts in the activity of international control regimes like Australian Group, which do not bring any internationally legal obligations for the Czech Republic. However, they perform an important role for securing a rigorous fulfillment of the measures related to the prevention of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

All SÚJB activities in the area of the prohibition of chemical weapons is coordinated with the activities of other Ministries in this area and respects the principles of the European Union Strategy against the proliferation of chemical weapons, which the Czech Republic accepted. The SÚJB also closely cooperates with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemicals Weapons – OPCW.