Workshop Proceeding

Concerns about the dual-use of chemical manufacturing equipment for the production of chemical warfare agents have led to the development of export-control regulations worldwide. But in recent years, the globalization of the chemical industry has made it more difficult to monitor the movement and use of chemical manufacturing equipment, and has made existing regulations and treaties less effective. Adapting to these changes will be necessary to ensure that such equipment remains out of the hands of individuals wishing to cause harm.

At the request of the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (PASCC) at the Naval Postgraduate School, the National Research Council's Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology held a workshop to explore key concerns regarding the global movement and tracking of chemical manufacturing equipment. Workshop participants examined current industrial, security, and political contexts in which these materials are produced, regulated, and transferred; and discussed current practices, including consideration of their congruence with current technologies and security threats in the global chemical industrial system.