Sanctions Profile: Chemical Weapons

At a glance

The EU adopted a new sanctions regime in October 2018 to address the use and proliferation of chemical weapons.

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This EU-autonomous regime allows sanctions to be imposed on individuals and entities involved in the development and use of chemical weapons anywhere, regardless of their nationality and location.

Summary of Current EU Sanctions:


  • Asset freeze
  • Travel ban

Designation Criteria

Individuals and entities responsible for, or provide financial, technical or material support for, or are otherwise involved in:

  1. manufacturing, acquiring, possessing, developing, transporting, stockpiling or transferring chemical weapons;
  2. using chemical weapons; or
  3. engaging in any preparations for the use of chemical weapons.

Furthermore, those who assist, encourage or induce any person or entity to engage in any of the above activities.


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First listings under EU’s Chemical Weapons sanctions regime

Today (21 January), the EU added 9 individuals and 1 entity to its Chemical Weapons sanctions list (asset freeze and travel ban). These are the first listings to be made under the sanctions regime. See Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/86, Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/84, and EU Press Release. Syria-based Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC) […]

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UK extends EU Chemical Weapons sanctions to Overseas Territories

The UK has passed the Chemical Weapons (Sanctions) (Overseas Territories) Order 2018, SI 2018/1361, which gives effect in specified Overseas Territories to the EU’s Chemical Weapons sanctions regime. The Order comes into force tomorrow (9 January 2019). The Overseas Territories to which this Order extends: Anguilla; British Antarctic Territory; British Indian Ocean Territory; Cayman Islands; Falkland Islands; […]

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Third countries align with recent EU sanctions

Chemical Weapons:  Last month, the EU adopted Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1544, which established a new sanctions regime targeting the use and proliferation of chemical weapons (see previous blog).  The following countries have aligned themselves with that Decision: Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Norway, and Georgia. See EU Press Release.  Moldova, Rep of Guinea […]

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UK calls for Skripal suspects to be included in EU chemical weapons sanctions

Following last month’s adoption of a new EU chemical weapons sanctions regime, the UK will ask for the first listings to include a number of individuals said to be involved in the Novichok poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, including the two Russian military intelligence officers Anatoliy Chepiga and Alexander Mishkin.

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Commons Committee clears EU chemical weapons sanctions regime from scrutiny

The House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee has cleared from scrutiny the EU’s decision to adopt a new sanctions regime targeting the use and proliferation of chemical weapons (see previous blog). The Committee said: After 29 March 2019, the UK will cease to be bound by the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of […]

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Current Sanctions


Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) 2018/1542

Amended by:

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/84

Parent Decision

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1544

Amended by:

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/86

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (Commencement No 1) Regulations 2018

Sanctions Review Procedure (EU Exit) Regulations 2018