VERTIC’s National Implementation Measures (NIM) Programme is delighted to announce the public launch of its legislation survey templates for the implementation of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC), Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and their related requirements under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 (UNSCR 1540).

One of the primary activities of VERTIC’s NIM Programme is analysis of states’ existing laws and regulations for implementation of the BWC and CWC. In order to assist states to comprehensively analyse their legislation, VERTIC has developed so-called ‘legislation survey’ templates for the BWC and CWC respectively, each taking into account the related obligations in UNSCR 1540 as well as in a number of treaties regarding civil aviation, maritime navigation, terrorism and international crimes. In addition, a ‘survey overview’ template provides a place to summarise the survey’s main findings and formulate recommendations to strengthen legislation.

The legislation survey and survey overview templates have been adapted over the years and underwent a major revision in 2020 under a project funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Until now, this legislation survey methodology was kept in-house, but it is hoped that by publishing the legislation survey and survey overview templates, more state officials and other relevant stakeholders can gain a better understanding of the specific national implementation measures that can be considered.

The NIM Programme will be hosting a virtual webinar in the coming weeks to showcase the survey templates. Please keep an eye on the VERTIC website and social media accounts for more details.