Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

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About OPCW

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which entered into force in 1997. As of today OPCW has 192 Member States, who are working together to achieve a world free of chemical weapons.

The goal of OPCW

The OPCW Member States share the collective goal of preventing chemistry from ever again being used for warfare, thereby strengthening international security. To this end, the Convention contains four key provisions:

  • destroying all existing chemical weapons under international verification by the OPCW;
  • monitoring chemical industry to prevent new weapons from re-emerging;
  • providing assistance and protection to States Parties against chemical threats; and
  • fostering international cooperation to strengthen implementation of the Convention and promote the peaceful use of chemistry.

The mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is to implement the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in order to achieve the OPCW’s vision of a world that is free of chemical weapons and of the threat of their use, and in which cooperation in chemistry for peaceful purposes for all is fostered. In doing this, the ultimate aim is to contribute to international security and stability, to general and complete disarmament, and to global economic development.


The OPCW issues over 500 purchase orders and contracts with a value over EUR 10 million for supply of goods and services every year. These orders are for delivery to the OPCW’s Headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands and its Laboratory in Rijswijk, the Netherlands.

Headquarters deliveries consist of, amongst others, computer, office equipment and supplies; specialised equipment for the Organisation’s operations; and scientific equipment for use at the Organisation’s Laboratory.

For Vendors to Consider

In preparing an offer, vendors should take into account the international status of the OPCW and consider the following:

  • Vendors must accept the OPCW’s General Terms and Conditions for the Purchase of Goods and/or Services. No other terms can be accepted.
  • An order may be issued without further negotiation, so it should be made on the best commercial/technical terms. The OPCW reserves the right to accept the whole or part of any offer, to reject all offers, or enter into negotiation with the lowest technically acceptable bidder.
  • Orders for delivery to the OPCW Headquarters and Laboratory shall be delivered DDU destination. Freight insurance must covered by the supplier.
  • The OPCW’s standard payment terms are payment by check or bank transfer net 30 days after receipt of invoice and delivery. For high value contracts with several milestones, a non-standard payment schedule may be negotiated. The OPCW does not make advance payments and does not issue letters of credit.
  • In the event functional equipment is being offered, vendors must provide the name, address, and the contact details of the nearest service representative.
  • Offers for equipment should also include:
    • Sets of manuals in English (or other language if specified).
    • Essential accessories and supplies to allow immediate operation of the equipment
    • Complete set of cables for interconnection of all electronic units.
  • Vendors must indicate acceptance of Warranty in accordance with the OPCW General Conditions with a minimum warranty period of twelve (12) months.

Supplier Registration Form

To access the Supplier Registration Form, please refer to the OPCW website.

Business Opportunities

All Suppliers wishing to view information about the OPCW’s procurement opportunities on the Internet may access our web pages. Vendors will be able to see a list of posted Invitations to Bid or Requests for Proposal for procurement actions over EUR 35,000 but not all the details will be given. In order to be provided with the details vendors must request all details of the bid solicitation documents using the contact details provided on the posted bid notification.

To become a registered supplier vendors must complete the Supplier Registration Form and return it by fax or as an e-mail attachment. See contact information below. Vendors interested in registering with the OPCW are encouraged to also register with the United Nations Global Marketplace.