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BWC Legislation Database
[BWC Legislation Database]
The BWC legislation database contains a selection of laws that states use to implement their obligations under the BWC. The database contains examples of legislation covering criminal provisions, biosafety and biosecurity measures, export control measures and enforcement. The database is organized by country.
Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Legislation Database is a collection of national laws that States use to implement their obligations under the BWC, and contains examples of legislation covering criminal provisions, biosafety and biosecurity measures, export control measures and enforcement. The database is published and maintained by Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC) through a combination of national surveys that The VERTIC administers and laws and regulations that The VERTIC staff locates through open sources. The database was first published in 2002, significantly expanded in 2010, and is updated as new surveys are completed. There are over 1500 laws and regulations in the database, each of which is available in the language it was originally published in. Some of the non-English entries have been translated into English. The VERTIC is based in the UK and works on all types of verification schemes for international agreements. The VERTIC has three main programs: 1. Verification and Monitoring, 2. National Implementation Measures, 3. Compliance Mechanisms and Measures. This tool is under the national implementation program for the BWC. Under the Implementing the Biological Weapons Convention program there are several tools: International Agreements, Legislative Assistance Provider, Legislation Drafting Tools, Legislation Drafting Assistant, Legislative Analysis Tool, Universality of the BWC, National Implementation Measures, and Fact Sheets. Many of these tools have their own entries in this library.