OPCW holds analytical skills course in Finland

Participants at the OPCW Analytical Skills Development Course.
Participants at the OPCW Analytical Skills Development Course. | Courtesy of the OPCW
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has detailed its two-week course on analytical skills development that took place last week.

The course took place at the Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention (VERIFIN), with representatives from 19 countries.

The course focused on sample preparation and environmental sample preparation and participants took part in exercises involving gas chromatography (GC) and mass spectrometry (GC-MS) methods. These methods are utilized on chemical samples of material that is related to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Participants were also able to network with each other during the two-week period.

Participants consisted of chemistry experts, academic and government officials that play a role in chemical quality control.

ā€œI learned a lot, which has even changed my research area of interest, as I fell in love with chemistry and principles behind the two instruments,ā€ Irene Otworot, of Uganda, said.

This course was jointly organized by the OPCW and the EU. Countries that were represented include: Chile, Armenia, Bangladesh, Argentina, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Malaysia, Tunisia, Turkey and others.

The OPCW is an international organization and the enforcement body of the CWC. It offers courses in areas of the CWC including implementation and chemical safety and emergency management on regional scales. 

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