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Cabinet Decision on the Cabinet Order for the Partial Revision of the Order for Enforcement of the Act on Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and Control, etc. of Specific Chemicals

May 22, 2020

On May 22, 2020, a Cabinet Decision was made on the Cabinet Order for the Partial Revision of the Order for Enforcement of the Act on Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and Control, etc. of Specific Chemicals.

1. Purpose of the Cabinet Order

For the purpose of securing the appropriate implementation of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction (hereinafter referred to as the “Convention”) in Japan, the Act on Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and Control, etc. of Specific Chemicals (Act No. 65 of 1995; hereinafter referred to as the “Act”) and the Order for Enforcement of the Act on Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and Control, etc. of Specific Chemicals (Cabinet Order No. 192 of 1995) stipulate provisions prohibiting manufacturing, possession, transfer and acquisition of chemical weapons and also those requiring the government to take measures for controlling manufacturing, use and other acts of chemicals (specific chemicals) that may be highly likely to be used for chemical weapons.

The 24th Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Convention, which was held in November 2019, approved certain changes in Schedule 1 in the Annex on Chemicals of the Convention. In response, this revision is to add new chemicals as specific chemicals under the Act.

2. Outline of the Cabinet Order

Based on the decisions made by the Conference of the States Parties mentioned above, the Cabinet Order is to designate eight chemicals as specific chemicals of the Act. All these chemicals are specific chemicals categorized as “toxic chemicals,” which are substances used for chemical weapons (Third Column in the paragraph of Appended Table I of the Cabinet Order).

3. Future schedule

Promulgation: May 27 (Wed.), 2020
Enforcement: June 7 (Sun.), 2020

Division in Charge

Chemical Weapons and Drug Materials Control Policy Office, Chemical Management Policy Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau