Frequently asked questions

Question: What is the reporting requirement under the Convention?

Answer: Article 21.1 of the Convention requires all Parties to submit to the Conference of the Parties (COP), through the Convention Secretariat, periodic reports on their implementation of the Convention.

Q: How often should implementation reports be submitted?

A: At the fourth session of the COP, Parties decided that implementation reports should be submitted at regular, two-year intervals, synchronized with the cycle of the regular sessions of the COP.

Q: When is the next implementation report due for submission to the COP?

A: The next reporting cycle was announced in May 2017. Parties are expected to submit their next implementation reports in the period of 1 January to 31 March 2018.

Q: What should a Party do if it did not submit an implementation report that was due in the 2016 reporting cycle?

A: Parties which did not submit a report within the 2016 reporting period (1 January - 30 April 2016) should do so as soon as possible.

Q: Where can the reporting instrument be accessed?

A: To complete the online core questionnaire (including the online additional questions (optional module)) Parties shall refer to the link sent by e-mail to the FCTC technical focal point. For Parties’ information (not completion, just information), the PDF version of the core questionnaire is available here.

Q: Should the implementation report be signed, and if so by whom?

A: The designated government official responsible for submitting the implementation report should sign a cover letter, which should then be emailed to the Convention Secretariat to, simply stating that the report, through the online questionnaire, has been submitted.

Q: In which language should the report be submitted?

A: The report should be submitted in one of the six official languages of the COP: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish.

Q: If a country becomes a Party to the Convention close to the next reporting period, when is its first implementation report due?

A: For such a Party, the minimum period between entry into force of the Convention and submission of its first report is one year.

Q: Are there specific instructions on what is expected from Parties with regard to each question in the reporting instrument?

A: Yes. The step-by-step instructions for the completion of the reporting instrument are available on the WHO FCTC web site at: This document, available in all six official languages of the COP, has proved to be very useful to Parties in responding to questions.

Q: Can a national focal point receive individual advice/assistance in completing the questionnaire from the Convention Secretariat, and if so whom should they contact?

A: Yes. In such cases, please send a message containing a brief description of the required assistance to, and the Secretariat will strive to assist. The Secretariat will deal with such messages on a priority basis.

Q: Are the implementation reports of Parties available in the public domain, and if so where?

A: All implementation reports and the annexes to those reports are available on the WHO FCTC web site, on country pages dedicated to each Party that has submitted at least one implementation report. They can be found at:

Q: Is there a way to access implementation data to find information submitted by Parties on a specific treaty article or measure?

A: The WHO FCTC Implementation Database contains all data reported by Parties and is searchable by Party or by specific treaty articles. The treaty articles are further searchable by individual measures. The database can be accessed at: