Welcome to National Authority for the Chemical Weapons Convention

Welcome to web site of the National Authority for Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Conventions in Sri Lanka (NACWC), under the State Ministry of National Security and Disaster Management. NACWC provides a quality and efficient services to its clients mainly for industrialists and chemical importers/exporters. You can browse through the website periodically to know about our future plans, online applications for import/export chemicals, valuable information to enhance chemical security, safety and health factor in your premises and useful web links related to chemical weapons convention. For now, I invite you to our website for an interesting and educative journey.

Upcoming Training Programmes

  • 2022-03-07
Workshop on “Emerging Chemical Threats for National Security” is scheduled to be held on 24th March 2022.

With the industrial development during the past decade, Sri Lanka is experiencing chemical disasters which can be observed more frequently than early days. Such events include fires, explosions, leakages or releases of toxic and hazardous materials that can cause disaster situations including people illness, injury, disability or death, damages to ...

  • 2022-02-25
Course on Explosion Protection and Safety Management in the Chemical Process Industries; Wuppertal Online Event 05 September 2022 - 07 October 2022

The Federal Government of Germany, the University of Wuppertal, and the Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) wish to inform OPCW Member States about an online course on explosion protection and safety management in the chemical process industries for Member Stat...

  • 2022-02-02
Online course on Assistance and Protection in Deterrence and Prevention on the use of Chemical Weapons & Toxic Industrial Chemicals from a Law Enforcement point of view Part 1.

- This on-line workshop is a capacity-building initiative within the framework of Article X of the Chemical Weapons Convention to support the OPCW Member States to strengthen participants ' capacity with initial and advanced incident site management and information collection approaches & principles, by the most innovative information collection te...

  • 2022-02-02
Seoul Workshop on Peaceful Applications in Chemistry

- The aim of the workshop is to promote the use of chemistry related to the Convention and to enhance national capacities in regional development. The specific objectives of the workshop are to: (a) to provide an opportunity for participants to consider and discuss specific chemical safety and security management issues related to chemical processe...

News & Events

OPCW training programme ensures declaration and inspection obligations keep pace with chemical industry growth

THE HAGUE, Netherlands—25 February 2022 —National Authority and chemical industry representatives enhanced their knowledge and skills in preparing declarations and receiving and escorting OPCW inspections during an advanced training course held online from 7 to 25 February. In her opening remarks, the Head of the OPCW’s Implementation Support Branch highlighted: “The chemical industry is growing rapidly across the globe, with production and trade in chemicals increasing every year. This makes comprehensive implementation of Article VI of the Chemical Weapons Convention even more critical. The international community trusts the OPCW’s robust verification regime to ensure that chemicals are used exclusively for peaceful purposes. Timely and comprehensive declarations from National Authorities and chemical industry partners are essential in preventing the re-emergence of chemical weapons.”

Colombo, Sri Lanka
OPCW ‘train-the-trainer’ event supports sustainable national capacity building efforts

THE HAGUE, Netherlands—18 February 2022— National emergency response trainers from every geographic region in the world strengthened their teaching skills during an online course for instructors held from 15 – 17 February. The course was conducted by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in collaboration with the Population Protection Institute of the Fire Rescue Service of the Czech Republic. The three-day course builds a foundation to have in place a cadre of trained national instructors to further enhance the chemical emergency preparedness capacity of OPCW Member States. During opening remarks, Lt Col Ladislava Navrátilová, course leader from the Population Protection Institute, stated: “The participants in this course are equipped and able to train others in how to manage chemical incidents. Our Institute is committed to working with the OPCW to strengthen chemical safety and emergency preparedness in all geographic regions.” The Head of the OPCW’s Assistance and Protection Branch underlined: “Sustainable capacity building is key to building strong regional response capabilities against chemical incidents. By expanding the number of national instructors, OPCW Member States will be better prepared to respond should the worst occur.” The course was aimed at fire and rescue instructors, first responders, and military chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) specialists, who train and routinely share expertise with colleagues in their national institutions. Participants enhanced their knowledge of chemical warfare agents, theoretical aspects of detection, identification, sampling, and individual protection, as well as decontamination and treatment techniques used during chemical incidents. Additionally, the course covered teaching strategies for instructors. Since December 2021 the OPCW’s emergency response ‘train-the-trainer’ programmes have resulted in 33 instructors being trained. The programme will be conducted again in April 2022 for other OPCW Member States. This online course was attended by 14 participants representing the following 12 OPCW Member States: Angola, Armenia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Italy, Iraq, Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Senegal, Spain, and Ukraine.

Colombo, Sri Lanka