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NATIONAL AUTHORITY FOR CHEMICAL WEAPONS CONVENTION (NACWC)

 

In line with Malaysia’s responsibilities under the Chemical Weapons Convention, the National Authority For Chemical Weapons Convention was established to ensure the effective implementation of the CWC in facilitating and receiving International Inspectors; data collection for the annual declaration to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW); and in issuing authorisation relating to activities regarding toxic chemicals. The CWC is an international convention to which Malaysia is a member.

 

Malaysia signed the CWC on 13 January 1993 and ratified it on 20 April 2000. To date, there are 184 countries which have participated in the CWC. In line with Malaysia’s responsibilities under the CWC, a National Authority for the Convention was established, with the Cabinet appointing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to head the Authority.

 

The Chemical Weapons Convention Act 2005 came into effect on 1 September 2006, and as an extension of that, the CWC Regulations 2007 were gazetted on 1 November, 2007. The functions and powers of the National Authority for the CWC, among others are:

 

• To ensure the effective implementation of the Act;

 

• To facilitate and receive International Inspectors;

 

• To collect data to be reported in the annual declaration to the Organisation for the Prohibition of

   Chemical Weapons (OPCW) at the Hague, The Netherlands; and

 

• To issue authorisation relating to activities regarding toxic chemicals listed under Schedule one of

   the CWC

 

MAMBERS OF THE NACWC

 

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Members of the National Authority Malaysia’s National Authority was established on 1 September 2006, consisting of 14 Ministries and Agencies as follows:

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the lead agency
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Ministry of Internal Security (now incorporated into the Home Ministry)
  • Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)
  • Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI)
  • Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Pesticide Board
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Environment
  • Royal Malaysian Police
  • Royal Malaysian Customs
  • Pharmaceutical Services Department (Ministry of Health)
  • Science and Technology Research Institute for Defence (STRIDE)
  • Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) (Ministry of Human Resource)
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Malaysia’s obligations under the CWC are carried out through the following legislations:

  • The Chemical Weapons Convention Act 2005 (CWC Act 2005)
  • The Chemical Weapons Convention Regulations 2007
  • Customs (Prohibition of Imports/Exports) Order 2000

 

In the case of export control of chemicals, the National Authority has been mandated the responsibility of issuing license in the Strategic Trade Act 2010 which was passed by the Parliament in May 2010.

 

OUR WORK

 

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Among other roles, the National Authority carry out its duties through various activities which includes:

  • collecting data and information regarding chemical industries in Malaysia
  • nominate Malaysian participants from the various agencies under the aegis of the National Authority to participate in any courses/trainings/seminars conducted by the OPCW around the world
  • cooperating with the OPCW to conduct training in Malaysia to Malaysian personnel towards achieving an effective treaty compliance
  • outreach to industries
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