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Participating in the CBMs

The Seventh Review Conference in 2011 revised the CBMs as well as their modalities and forms. The current forms and guidlines for completing them are below.

Blank CBM Forms (extracted from BWC/CONF.VII/7)

In Word document format:




Please click here to access the English version of the CBM revised guide 2013.
Please click here to access the Chinese version of the CBM revised guide 2013.
Please click here to access the French version of the CBM revised guide 2013.
Please click here to access the Russian version of the CBM revised guide 2013.
Please click here to access the Spanish version of the CBM revised guide 2013.


For reference purposes copies of the old forms are still available.


How to complete the forms

Completing the CBM forms can take some time, especially for the first year of participation. Collecting the necessary information typically requires contacting several different government ministries and agencies. Each country's system of government is different, so we can only offer general guidance and suggestions here. There are three important tips to keep in mind:
  • Start early: it could take a long time to contact the relevant agencies in order to gather information in time to meet the 15 April deadline.
  • Use information that has already been compiled: some of the information required for the CBMs may also be required for other purposes, such as reports to the WHO or those mandated by Security Council Resolution 1540.
  • Be clear: if there is nothing to declare for a particular measure, say so - do not just leave the form for that measure blank. Similarly, if you have incomplete information, or are waiting for information that will be provided later, say so on the form. Remember that the purpose of the CBMs is to increase transparency, therefore incomplete information is better than none.

Below are some informal suggestions for completing each of the measures:

Show details for CBM A: Part 1: Exchange of data on research centres and laboratoriesCBM A: Part 1: Exchange of data on research centres and laboratories

Hide details for CBM A: Part 2: Exchange of information on national biological defence research and development programmesCBM A: Part 2: Exchange of information on national biological defence research and development programmes

The ministry of defence will in almost all cases be responsible for any biological defence programmes, if they exist. The form requires very detailed information, and the ministry will probably need considerable time to provide it.

Show details for CBM B: Exchange of information on outbreaks of infectious diseases and similar occurrences caused by toxinsCBM B: Exchange of information on outbreaks of infectious diseases and similar occurrences caused by toxins

Show details for CBM C : Encouragement of publication of results and promotion of use of knowledgeCBM C : Encouragement of publication of results and promotion of use of knowledge

Show details for CBM E: Declaration of legislation, regulations and other measuresCBM E: Declaration of legislation, regulations and other measures

Hide details for CBM F : Declaration of past activities in offensive and/or defensive biological research and development progrCBM F : Declaration of past activities in offensive and/or defensive biological research and development programmes

If your country has conducted any offensive and/or defensive biological research and development programmes since 1 January 1946, it should be described on this form. The amount of detail to be provided is at the discretion of the State Party, but in the interest of transparency, consider providing as much information as possible.

Show details for CBM G: Declaration of vaccine production facilitiesCBM G: Declaration of vaccine production facilities

Completing the cover sheet

Once you have completed forms A to G, you can fill in the cover sheet. Tick the "nothing to declare" box if you had nothing to declare on that form. Please write "nothing to declare" on the form itself too - do not just leave it blank.

If you have provided information on a form, leave both of the tick boxes for that form empty.

If information that you have previously provided in a CBM has not changed in subsequent years, tick the "nothing new to declare" box for that form and please write "nothing new to declare" on the form itself. Then write the year of the last declaration you made for this form in the appropriate box .

Submitting the CBM return

We encourage you to submit your CBM return electronically (as a Microsoft Word, RTF or PDF document) to bwc@unog.ch. All e-mail submissions will be acknowledged. If you wish, you may also send a hard copy with a note verbale as the cover from your permanent mission in Geneva, to:

BWC Implementation Support Unit
Office for Disarmament Affairs (Geneva Branch)
Room C.115-117, Palais des Nations
1211 Geneva 10

fax: +41 (0)22 917 04 83

Options for publication

From 2007 onwards, CBM submissions will be published in the restricted area of this website (accessible only to States Parties), unless the submitting State Party requests otherwise. Please inform the ISU if you do not want your CBM published on the secure website. Any CBMs that are not published on the website will be circulated to States Parties on CD-ROM. Some States Parties have opted to make their CBM returns available on the public section of this website. These can be found on the CBM Returns page.

Missed the deadline?

CBM returns are due by 15 April each year, but do not worry if you are late. Please submit the return as soon as you can. It is better if you submit a CBM after the deadline than not at all. If your CBM is received too late for inclusion in the paper version of the annual ISU report, it will be issued as an addendum.

Questions

If you have problems or questions, please contact the ISU and we will do our best to help. See the contact page for details.

Improving the CBMs

The ISU is interested in receiving perspectives on any obstacles to participating in the CBMs, as well as suggestions for improvements to the current system. Such ideas can be fed into ongoing efforts to facilitate participation in the CBMs and improve their utility to States Parties.

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