Licensing Requirements

A Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) licence is required before the start of the following activities for scheduled chemicals and unscheduled discrete organic chemicals.

Scheduled Chemicals

Activities Requiring a CWC Licence

Activity Schedule 1 Schedule 2 ^ Schedule 3 ^

Production

Processing

X

Consumption

X

Import/Export

Storage

X

X

Local Sales/Distribution

X

X

√ : indicates that a licence is required.
^ Licence exempted for mixtures below certain concentration/purity.

 
Licence Exemptions

You are not required to apply for the CWC Licence for:
a) production, processing, or consumption of mixtures containing 30% or less of a Schedule 2B or 3 chemical for permitted purposes;
b) import or export of mixture containing 30% or less of a Schedule 2B chemical to a member state to the Chemical Weapons Convention;
c) import or export of mixture containing 30% or less of a Schedule 3 chemical (regardless of origin or destination);
d) plant site that exclusively produces by synthesis hydrocarbons or explosives.

See full list of scheduled chemicals.
Check if your product is controlled.

 

Unscheduled Discrete Organic Chemicals (DOCs)

A CWC licence is required for the production of DOCs that meets either one or both of the following conditions:

Type of DOCs Quantity Produced per Year

Total DOCs (including both PSF-containing and non PSF-containing)

More than 200 tonnes

Any one PSF-containing DOC

More than 30 tonnes

Note:
Plant sites that exclusively produce hydrocarbons or explosives by synthesis do not require a CWC licence.