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Chemistry in industry, Vol.55 No.10 October 2006.

Professional paper

The Importance of Implementation of the General Purpose Criterion of the Chemical Weapons Convention

G. S. Pearson

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This paper makes an analysis of international developments over the past five years relating to the implementation of the general purpose criterion which is a central element of the Chemical Weapons Convention that ensures that the Convention covers all toxic chemicals. It examines how some of the recent international initiatives that are addressing chemicals that are of potential risk to public health or to the environment might be harnessed to implement the general purpose criterion thereby strengthening the Convention as a counter to the use of Toxic Industrial Chemicals and other chemicals either by States or by sub-State actors such as terrorists.

Chemical Weapons Convention; General Purpose Criterion


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