OPCW holds analytical chemist course in Warsaw
The training took place April 13-17 and included chemists from 13 countries. The aim of the course was to expand the knowledge base of experienced chemists in order to better serve their respective customs offices. Items covered over the four days were best practices within the lab and overall analytic procedure for chemical compounds.
This training aims to bring all customs laboratories in line with article IX of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), an international treaty that bans the use, development and stockpiling of chemical weapons and armaments. Other topics that were covered were overviews of the OPCW's work, the convention and safety in the laboratory.
The institute is also the partner laboratory facility for the OPCW's Central Analytical Database (OCAD) that continually tests scheduled chemicals in accordance with regulations and stipulations set by the CWC.
Countries represented were Algeria, Burundi, China, Costa Rica, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Paraguay, Serbia, Sudan, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.