The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) held its fifth course on the analysis of chemicals in line with the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in Madrid, the organization announced Tuesday.
The 10-day course started May 18 at the La Marañosa Techonological Institute, and covered analytical chemistry practices that are necessary for laboratories that are active and those planning to become active in the analysis of CWC-related chemicals. Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, Panama, Uruguay and Spain had representatives in attendance.
This course was jointly organized by the OPCW, La Marañosa and the National Authority of Spain with classes in English, Russian and French to serve multiple geographical and linguistic regions. Opening and closing ceremonies for the course were also held and officials from the host institution and government were in attendance.
The OPCW hosts many courses relating to the CWC to provide applicable training to state parties so they can continue to follow and uphold the principles of the CWC. The convention is an international agreement that prohibits the use, stockpiling, development and other proliferation activity relating to chemical weapons.