The CBM Form
The following is the new Blank CBM Form, extracted from BWC/CONF.VII/7, in Word document format:
The CBM Guide
Please click here to access the English version of the CBM revised guide 2015.
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.
Please click here to access the Arabic version of the CBM revised guide 2013.
For reference purposes copies of the old forms are still available
Advice on completing the CBM Form
Completing the CBM forms takes time, especially for the first year of participation. As each country's system of government is different, here are some general suggestions:
- Start early: the CBM deadline is April 15. Collecting the necessary information typically requires contacting several different government ministries and agencies, a process which could take a long time.
- 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, rather than leaving the form for that measure blank. Similarly, if there is incomplete information, or 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:
CBM Cover Sheet
CBM A: Part 1: Exchange of data on research centres and laboratories
The first step is to identify any facilities having maximum containment laboratories meeting the criteria for such laboratories as specified in the WHO Laboratory Biosafety Manual
. In many countries, the ministry of health will posess this information; ministries of science, technology or education may also be relevant.
The responsible ministry or agency may have the required information about these facilities on file, in which case it is simply a matter of transferring the data to the CBM form. Alternatively, it may be necessary to contact each facility individually to obtain the necessary information about its activities.
CBM A: Part 2: Exchange of information on national biological defence research and development programmes
CBM B: Exchange of information on outbreaks of infectious diseases and similar occurrences caused by toxins
CBM C : Encouragement of publication of results and promotion of use of knowledge
CBM E: Declaration of legislation, regulations and other measures
CBM F : Declaration of past activities in offensive and/or defensive biological research and development programmes
CBM G: Declaration of vaccine production facilities
Submitting the CBM Form
The preferred submission option is an electronic CBM return (as a Microsoft Word, RTF, or PDF document). These can be sent to email@example.com
. All e-mail submissions will be acknowledged.
A hard copy with a note verbale as the cover can be sent from your permanent mission in Geneva, either by post or by fax, 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
Since 2007, CBM submissions are 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
Missed the deadline?
CBM returns are due by 15 April each year. If you miss this deadline, please do still 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 or comments on the CBM Form?
If you have problems or questions during the CBM process, please contact the ISU and we will do our best to help: see the contact page
The ISU is also 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.