OPCW holds chemical weapons training in Serbia

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the National Authority of the Republic of Serbia hosted a training course for customs officers in Eastern Europe this past week, covering technical aspects of the transfer regime within the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

This included coverage of OPCW tools for detection and identification of CWC-scheduled chemicals including the Online Scheduled Chemicals Database, the OPCW's Central Analytical Database, and information on commonly traded chemicals.

Over the course of four days, participants also took part in exercises that allowed them to explore specific scenarios relating to import and export activity and tested their identification abilities.

Closing the course, participants were asked to present on specific areas of the course in order to facilitate improvement in their train-a-trainer skills. These areas consisted of risk assessment and customs software, transfer provisions of the CWC, identification and engagement, and capacity building for CWC-scheduled chemicals identification.

Thirty-three participants represented 17 countries including Armenia, Croatia, Georgia and Hungary.

The OPCW, the international enforcing body of the CWC, takes part in regional training activity in multiple areas relating to the CWC and will partake in fact-finding missions to determine the validity of reports of violations of the CWC. The CWC prohibits the use, development and stockpiling of chemical weapons on a global scale. 

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