EU calls for promotion and implementation of ISACS

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In a Working Paper submitted to the Sixth Biennial Meeting of States to Consider the Implementation of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (BMS6), the EU stated that:

“With regard to the consideration of the implementation of the UN Programme of Action the EU would like to see the following elements in the outcome-document of BMS6: […] 

  • Promotion and implementation of standards and best practices for the handling of small arms (International Small Arms Control Standards - ISACS)” […]
  • Increase efforts for Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) […] The human factor is essential. The security of stockpiles should lie in well-trained and experienced professionals who have a thorough knowledge of procedures, norms, regulations and international standards.
  • Promotion of the development and implementation of life-cycle management procedures. Differences in legislation and standards among States and a lack of information exchange in combination with corruption and illicit trade in SALW-parts and components, facilitate the illicit trade and production of SALW, including the illicit conversion of blank firearms into functioning firearms.”


In a statement delivered to the 6th Biennial Meeting of States on the UN Programme of Action agains the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, the EU stated that:

“The security of stockpiles should lie in well-trained and experienced professionals who have a thorough knowledge of procedures, norms, regulations and international standards for the handline of small arms—such as the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS)”