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Nonproliferation Export Control Regimes

Nonproliferation Export Control Regimes

  • Australia Group

The Australia Group (AG) is an informal forum of countries which, through the harmonisation of export controls, seeks to ensure that exports do not contribute to the development of chemical or biological weapons.

Australia Group website
Overview (Center for Nonproliferation studies)

  •  Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (HCOC)

Formally known as the "International Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (ICOC). Adopted at an international conference in The Hague on 25-26 November, 2002.

Austrian Foreign Ministry
Overview (Center for Nonproliferation studies)

  •  Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR)

Informal political arrangement formed in 1987 to control the proliferation of rocket and unmanned air vehicle systems and components thereof capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction.

MTCR website

  •  Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG)

The Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is a group of nuclear supplier countries which seeks to contribute to the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons through the implementation of Guidelines for nuclear exports and nuclear-related exports.

NSG website

  •  The Wassenaar Arrangement on export controls for conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies

The Wassenaar Arrangement has been established in order to contribute to regional and international security and stability, by promoting transparency and greater responsibility in transfers of conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies, thus preventing destabilising accumulations.

Wassenaar Arrangement website

  •  Zangger Committee

The Zangger Committee, also known as the "NPT Exporters Committee", essentially contributes to the interpretation of article III, paragraph 2, of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and thereby offers guidance to all parties to the Treaty.

Zangger Committee website


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