OPCW, LAVEMA, Spain organize Spanish language CWC course

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) co-organized the fourth Spanish language course on the analysis of chemicals related to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) on June 2-13 in Madrid, Spain.

OPCW worked with the National Authority of Spain and the Laboratorio de Verificación para las Armas Quimicos (LAVEMA) to organize the course. Sixteen chemistry practitioners from 11 states parties in the Latin America and Caribbean region attended the course, in addition to one participant from Spain. The countries represented during the course included Spain, Uruguay, Paraguay, Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Costa Rica, Brazil and Argentina.

The course, which was held at LAVEMA in Madrid, was meant for laboratories that are active or plan to be active in the analysis of chemicals related to the CWC or in OPCW proficiency testing. The program is one of a series of analytical skills development courses that are specifically designated to enhance the OPCW's capacity building efforts. Similar courses are held in Russian, French and English.

The organizers opened the course in the presence of the head of LAVEMA, the secretary general of Spain's National Authority and the director of the Instituto Tecnológico La Maranosa.