The 68th session was held from May 1 to 4. The Council recalled that at its sixteenth session, the Conference of the Parties adopted a decision on the last extended deadline of 29 April 2012 and expressed concern at the Director-General`s statement in his report that „the three proprietary states, namely Libya, the Russian Federation and the United States of America, have not been able to fully meet the last extended deadline of 29 April 2012 for the destruction of their chemical weapons stockpiles.“ They also examined the status of Article XI implementation, facilities arrangements, the technical secretariat`s audit activities, the activities of proprietary states in the context of destruction and the holding of the Conference of the Parties, and the Executive Council`s decision on destruction/delay issues. The conference also reached an agreement between the OPCW and the Republic of Guinea on opcW privileges and immunities and decided to put topics on the agenda of a workshop on Article XI of the Chemical Weapons Convention, to be held in The Hague on 24 and 25 November. In November 2019, a unanimous agreement of OPCW member states allowed Novitchok officers to be included in the CAC`s „controlled substances list“ „in one of the first major treaty changes since the 1990s agreement“ in response to poisonings in the UK in 2018.  Article VIII, paragraph 34, point a), of the convention obliges the Executive Council to enter into agreements or arrangements with states and international organizations on behalf of the OPCW, subject to prior agreement of the Conference of the Parties. During a first inspection at a plant or plant, one of the tasks of an OPCW inspection team is to start working on an installation agreement that regulates all future inspections at that site or site. Such agreements are required for all chemical weapons facilities, Schedule 1 chemical manufacturing facilities and Plan 2 facilities. However, with respect to the latter category, the Secretariat and the State Party audited may agree that an agreement is not necessary for a given site. Facilities producing Shedule 3 chemicals or discrete unsusized organic chemicals are not normally subject to an installation agreement, although the State party under review may enter into an agreement. The facility agreements will be negotiated between the Secretariat and the State Party audited on the basis of models approved by the Conference of States Parties (see below) and will then be submitted for approval by the Executive Council. The Executive Council held its 30th session on 10 and 13 September under the chairmanship of Lionel Fernando, Ambassador of Sri Lanka.
The Council adopted two joint plans for the destruction and review of chemical weapons production facilities in the Russian Federation, as well as seven facility agreements (five for chemical weapons destruction facilities in the United States and two for Schedule 1 facilities – one in Yugoslavia and another in South Africa) and recommended to the Conference of the Parties to accept five requests for the conversion of chemical weapons production plants in the Russian Federation and the agreed detailed plan for the review of the destruction of chemical weapons in Unit 1 of the Gorny Chemical Weapons Destruction Plant, Russian Federation.