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The Seventh Review Conference decided that the topic of strengthening national implementation would be one of three standing agenda items to be addressed annually during the 2012–2015 intersessional programme. These Standing Agenda Items have been addressed at both the Meeting of Experts and Meeting of States Parties that were part of the 2012–2015 intersessional programme. The topics of discussion under this agenda item were:

  • A range of specific measures for the full and comprehensive implementation of the Convention, especially Articles III and IV
  • Ways and means to enhance national implementation by sharing best practices and experiences, including the voluntary exchange of information among States Parties on their national implementation, enforcement of national legislation, strengthening of national institutions and coordination among national law enforcement institutions
  • Regional and sub-regional cooperation that can assist national implementation of the Convention
  • National, regional and international measures to improve laboratory biosafety and security of pathogens and toxins
  • Any potential further measures, as appropriate, relevant for implementation of the Convention.


Below are the working papers and presentations submitted on these particular topics during the 2012-2015 intersessional programme.

2012 Meeting of Experts

BWC/MSP/2012/MX/WP.5 National Implementation - Submitted by the United States of America
English

BWC/MSP/2012/MX/WP.13 National implementation: Strengthening legislation prohibiting biological weapons - Submitted by France
Français

BWC/MSP/2012/MX/WP.15 Update on Australia’s Security Sensitive Biological Agents (SSBA) Regulatory Scheme - Submitted by Australia
English

BWC/MSP/2012/MX/WP.17 National Implementation of the BTWC: Compliance Assessment - Submitted by Canada and Switzerland
English


2012 Meeting of States Parties

BWC/MSP/2012/WP.3 The United States Government’s Bio-transparency and Openness Initiative - submitted by the United States of America
English

BWC/MSP/2012/WP.5 National implementation measures in the Republic of Iraq - submitted by Iraq
عربي

BWC/MSP/2012/WP.6 National implementation of the BTWC: compliance assessment: update - submitted by Canada, the Czech Republic and Switzerland
English

BWC/MSP/2012/WP.7 The intersessional process: comments and proposals - submitted by South Africa
English

BWC/MSP/2012/WP.8 Regional cooperative efforts to combat biological threats: the ASEAN Regional Forum workshops - submitted by Australia, the Philippines and the United States of America
English

BWC/MSP/2012/WP.11 We need to talk about compliance. Submitted by Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Switzerland
English

BWC/MSP/2012/WP.12 Etude de l’UNIDIR sur la création d’un mécanisme de revue par les pairs dans le cadre de la Convention d’interdiction des armes biologiques et à toxines. Présenté par la France (Body text in English)
Français
  • Switzerland (Strengthening National Implementation)
  • VERTIC (Strengthening National Implementation of the BWC)
  • INTERPOL (BioTerrorism Prevention Unit)
  • Australia (Demonstrating Compliance with National Implementation Obligations)
  • Japan (Strengthening National Implementation)
  • Switzerland (Strengthening national implementation: Compliance)
2013 Meeting of Experts

BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.1 We need to talk about compliance: A response to BWC/MSP/2012/WP.11 - Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
English

BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.2 BWC compliance – a conceptual discussion: preliminary views by Australia - Submitted by Australia
English

BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.4 Key Biosecurity-Related Changes Made to the U.S. Select Agent Regulations - Submitted by the United States of America
English

BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.10 Implementation of the BTWC in South Africa - Submitted by South Africa
English

BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.12 Compliance with the BWC: preliminary considerations by Switzerland - Submitted by Switzerland
English

BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.14 Efforts of China in response to the epidemic of H7N9 avian influenza - Submitted by China (includes informal English translation)
中文

BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.16 National implementation assessment report of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) - Submitted by France (includes informal English translation)
Français

BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.18 Preliminary views on the paper entitled “We need to talk about compliance” - Submitted by Japan
English

2013 Meeting of States Parties

BWC/MSP/2013/WP.3 Strengthening national implementation - Submitted by the United States of America
English

BWC/MSP/2013/WP.4 Getting Past Yes: Moving From Consensus Text to Effective Action - Submitted by Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America
English

BWC/MSP/2013/WP.8 Peer Review pilot exercise - Submitted by France
Français

BWC/MSP/2013/WP.11 Compliance - Submitted by Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Finland, Japan, Lithuania, New Zealand, Spain and Switzerland
English


2014 Meeting of Experts

BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.8 Strengthening national implementation: elements of an effective national export control system - Submitted by the United States of America
English

BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.8/Rev.1 English

BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.8/Corr.1 English

BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.10 A Response to BWC/MSP/2012/WP.11: “We Need to Talk about Compliance” - Submitted by the United States of America
English

BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.11 National implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention - Submitted by Submitted by Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Republic of Korea
and Thailand
English

BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.12 Exercice pilote de revue par les pairs tenu du 4 au 6 décembre 2013 à Paris (Informal English translation attached, "Peer review pilot exercise held from 4 to 6 December 2013 in Paris") - Submitted by France
Français



2014 Meeting of States Parties

BWC/MSP/2014/WP.2 Strengthening national implementation: elements of an effective national export control system - Submitted by Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Sweden, Spain, Ukraine, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America
English

BWC/MSP/2014/WP.2/Add.1 English

BWC/MSP/2014/WP.3 Exercice pilote de revue par les pairs tenu du 4 au 6 décembre 2013 à Paris - submitted by France
French

BWC/MSP/2014/WP.8 National Implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention - submitted by Australia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ghana, Japan, Malaysia, the Republic of Korea, and Thailand
English


2015 Meeting of Experts

BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.3 - Improving methods of work at the Biological Weapons Convention meetings. Submitted by the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus
English

BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.13 - BENELUX BTWC Peer Review. Outline of Key features and objectives. Submitted by Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg
English

BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.13/ Rev.1 English

BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.14- Proposal by the Russian Federation for inclusion in the report of the Eighth Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention. Submitted by the Russian Federation
English

BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.16- Providing reassurance on Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Implementation. Submitted by Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, Republic of Korea, Thailand
English

BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.17- Consideraciones y medidas para mejorar la biocustodia de los materiales y agentes biológicos y de las instalaciones biológicas. Submitted by Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, Italy and Panama
Español (includes an unofficial English translation)

BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.18- Measures to implement Article III: Elements of an effective national export control system. Submitted by Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States
English

BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.18/Corr.1 English

BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.19- National measures to address dual use research. Submitted by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Netherlands and the United States of America
English





2015 Meeting of States Parties

BWC/MSP/2015/WP.1 - Strengthening Implementation of Article III of the BTWC - Submitted by India and the United States of America
English

BWC/MSP/2015/WP.2 - Biosafety and biosecurity: today’s challenges for politics and science. Report from a seminar held on 25 June 2015 in Vienna - Submitted by Austria
English

BWC/MSP/2015/WP.4/Rev.1 - Proposal for inclusion in the final document of the Eighth Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention - Submitted by Armenia, Belarus, China and the Russian Federation
English

BWC/MSP/2015/WP.11/Rev.1 - Providing reassurance on Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) implementation - Submitted by Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Switzerland and Thailand
English

BWC/MSP/2015/WP.12 - BENELUX BTWC Peer Review: Initial observations - Submitted by Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands
English