OPCW holds sampling and analysis course in Poland

The government of Poland and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons jointly held a sampling and analysis course from Sept. 23 to Sept. 27.

The "Sampling and Analysis in a Highly Contaminated Environment" course, which was held at the Central School of the State Fire Service in the city of Czestochowa, related to Article X of the Chemical Weapons Convention. The course also offered theoretical knowledge, along with training in the use of individual protective equipment that included the use of a self-contained breathing apparatus.

The course played host to participants from 15 states parties, including Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Belarus, Botswana, Czech Republic, Hungary, Jordan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Tunisia. Participants trained in chemical, biomedical and environmental sampling techniques, some of which was taught in exercises during different practical sessions.

The course also helped to facilitate an exchange of information and experience in the implementation of Article X. This gave rise to a forum for the participants to speak about potential areas of cooperation regarding Article X.

The OPCW is an intergovernmental organization that promotes and sticks to the Chemical Weapons Convention. The CWC is a document that prohibits the use of chemical weapons, while also asking that countries destroy any stockpiles they might posses. The OPCW works in cooperation with the United Nations and is located in Hague, Netherlands.