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Advice from the Scientific Advisory Board of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on riot control agents in connection to the Chemical Weapons Convention

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Compounds that cause powerful sensory irritation to humans were reviewed by the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in response to requests in 2014 and 2017 by the OPCW Director-General to advise which riot control agents (RCAs) might be subject to declaration under the Chemical Weapons Convention (the “Convention”). The chemical and toxicological properties of 60 chemicals identified from a survey by the OPCW of RCAs that had been researched or were available for purchase, and additional chemicals recognised by the SAB as having potential RCA applications, were considered. Only 17 of the 60 chemicals met the definition of a RCA under the Convention. These findings were provided to the States Parties of the Convention to inform the implementation of obligations pertaining to RCAs under this international chemical disarmament and non-proliferation treaty.

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Submitted
06 Oct 2018
Accepted
09 Nov 2018
First published
19 Dec 2018

This article is Open Access

RSC Adv., 2018,8, 41731-41739
Article type
Review Article

Advice from the Scientific Advisory Board of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on riot control agents in connection to the Chemical Weapons Convention

C. M. Timperley, J. E. Forman, P. Åas, M. Abdollahi, D. Benachour, A. S. Al-Amri, A. Baulig, R. Becker-Arnold, V. Borrett, F. A. Cariño, C. Curty, D. Gonzalez, M. Geist, W. Kane, Z. Kovarik, R. Martínez-Álvarez, R. Mikulak, N. M. Fusaro Mourão, S. Neffe, E. De Souza Nogueira, P. Ramasami, S. K. Raza, V. Rubaylo, A. E. M. Saeed, K. Takeuchi, C. Tang, F. Trifirò, F. Mauritz van Straten, A. G. Suárez, F. Waqar, P. S. Vanninen, M. Zafar-Uz-Zaman, S. Vučinić, V. Zaitsev, M. S. Zina, S. Holen and F. N. Izzati, RSC Adv., 2018, 8, 41731
DOI: 10.1039/C8RA08273A

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