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Nevertheless, several developments are taking place in both the civilian and military applications of chemistry which might well change the way we (have to) think about chemical warfare agents and the ways and means to prevent the misuse of toxic chemicals for offensive military purposes. 1. New chemical warfare agents through combinatorial chemistry? 35 This leaves traditional sequential drug discovery procedures, which involved multiple time-consuming repetitions of synthesis and testing far behind.
In terms of practical implementation two issues are noteworthy, as they illustrate that industrial concerns are at least as high on states parties’ political agendas as the non-proliferation goals of the CWC. 76 Second, in relation to Schedule 3 chemicals, states parties had to decide five years after the CWC’s entry into force on how to treat trade in these chemicals with non-states parties. In the end, they did not agree on any measures that would have curtailed their industry’s interests or hindered S&T advances.
However, they have one of the key requirements, toxicity, of any potential chemical warfare agent. 38 If the utilization of chlorine and phosgene during World War I 22 Controlling Biochemical Weapons and the exploitation of research into organophosphorous compounds for the development of nerve agents is any guide in this matter, developments in the area of combinatorial chemistry need to be monitored very closely indeed. ’ The misuse potential of a system that allows for the identification of new chemical compounds according to their toxicity is obvious.