OPCW holds analytical chemistry course for African states
The course covered gas chromatography and mass spectrometry methods and techniques and the safe management of samples, among other topics. Participants were able to gain experience in the lab using these techniques and samples.
The course also went over protocols and best practices in safety, preparedness, security, health and environmental aspects and the effects of toxic chemicals used in chemical warfare. Participants also discussed implementation aspects regarding to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).
The course was conducted in Finland and was jointly organized by the OCPW and Protechnik Laboratories.
The course is held annually in order to better educate ministries and departments that would work closely with ensuring the mission and goals of the CWC.
Countries that took part in this course were Burkina, Botswana, Faso, Burundi, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Malawi, Morocco, South Africa, Sudan, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
The CWC prohibits the use, development and stockpiling of chemical weapons and participates in fact-finding missions in order to investigate possible violations.