Associate Programme


The Associate Programme is a programme within the Technical Secretariat that is implemented by International Cooperation Branch. The programme is conducted annually for participants from developing countries and those whose economies are in transition. It has been designed with the aim of contributing to the development of chemistry and chemical engineering in Member States, with special emphasis on chemical safety. It provides a valuable opportunity for scientists from developing countries and countries with economies in transition to be exposed to modern practices in the chemical industry.

The objectives of the OPCW Associate Programme are:

  1. to facilitate industry-related national implementation of the CWC;
  2. to enhance national capacities in Member States by offering training in chemistry/chemical engineering related areas to personnel from industry, university and government;
  3. to facilitate trade in these areas through adoption of good practices in chemical industry;
  4. to broaden the basis of talent pool related position in National Authorities, institutions and economic of the Member States as well as the Technical Secretariat.

To date, twelve editions of the Programme have been attended by 329 qualified personnel from a total of 108 countries. The 2013 edition was attended by 32 trainees, who were from Algeria, Argentina, the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Libya, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Republic of Tanzania, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

All the trainees had a minimum qualification equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in chemistry/chemical or process engineering and relevant work experience in a university, government agency or industry.  The nine-week programme includes a Chemical engineering oriented skills development training component at a well-known university followed by ‘hands on’ industrial experience at modern chemical plants. These industries, as part of their ‘responsible care’ policy, cooperate with the Programme by accepting participants for industrial attachments for three weeks. The companies which have supported the programme to date are:

The Netherlands

  • Akzo Nobel, Rotterdam Botlek
  • AVR Chemie, Rozenburg
  • Basell Polyolefins B.V., Klundert
  • Brunner Mond, Delfzil
  • Croda, Alphen aan den Rijn
  • Dow Benelux N.V., Terneuzen
  • DuPont de Nemours (Nederland)
  • B.V., Dordrecht
  • DSM, Geleen
  • Exxon-Mobil Chemicals B.V.,
  • Rotterdam Botlek
  • Hydro Agri, Sluiskil
  • Lyondell Chemical Nederland Ltd., Rozenburg
  • LyondellBasell, Maasvlakte
  • Neville chemical Europe B.V.
  • SABIC (Innovative Plastics),
  • Bergen op Zoom
  • Shell Nederland Chemie B.V., Hoogvliet
  • Shell Nederland Chemie B.V., Moerdijk
  • Uniquema, Gouda

  • Yara Sluiskil B.V., Sluiskil


  • Bayer N.V., Antwerpen
  • Corn Van Loocke N.V., Antwerpen
  • Evonik Degussa, Antwerpen
  • ExxonMobil, Antwerpen
  • Janssen Pharmaceutica, Geel
  • LANXESS N.V., Antwerpen
  • Polyol
  • Solvay, Brussels
  • Tessenderlo Chemie, Uithoorn


  • Petrokemija Kutina

Czech Republic

  • Deza a.s.
  • Enaspol a.s


  • Danisco, Grindsted
  • DuPont Nutrition and Health, Grindsted
  • LeoPharma A/S, Ballerup


  • Kemira Oy, Helsinski
  • Kiilto Oy, Lempäälä
  • Nestle Oil, Espoo


  • Arkema, Jarrie
  • Atofima
  • Clariant, Lamotte
  • Hydro Agri, Le Havre
  • Merck Santé, Lyon
  • Rodhia, Saint Fons
  • Veolia, Chasse sur Rhone


  • BASF, Ludwigshafen
  • Bayer AG, Leverkusen
  • CIBA, Lampertheim
  • Currenta GmbH und Co.,
  • Leverkusen

    Degussa, Wesseling


  • GNFC Fertilizers
  • Heubach Colour, Gujarat
  • Hikal Limited
  • Ranbaxy Laboratories
  • Thirumalai Chemicals, Tamil Nadu
  • United Phosphorous Limited


  • Bracco S.p.A, Milano
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb S.r.l., Latina
  • Endura S.p.A., Ravenna
  • EniChem S.p.A, Porto Torres
    Lamberti S.p.A.

Italy (cont'd)

  • Polimeri Europa S.p.A, Mantova
  • Puccioni S.p. A., Vasto
  • Solvay Solexis
  • Syndial S.p.A, Porto Torres
  • Vinavil S.p.A, Domodossola
  • Solvey Solexis, (former Aussimont) S.p.A, Spinetta Marengo
  • Zchimmer&Schwarz,Tricerro


  • Asahi Glass Co. Ltd., Chiba
  • Asahi Kasei Chemicals, Kanagawa
  • Kyowa Hakko Co., Okayama
  • Mitsui Chemicals (Ichihara Works), Chiba
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Corp., Osaka
  • Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc., Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
  • Showa Denko K.K., Kanagawa
  • Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. (Osaka Works), Osaka
  • Ube Industries, Yamaguchi


  • Saudi Basic Industries Corporation -SABIC


  • BASF Petronas Chemicals Malaysia
  • CCM Chemicals Malaysia
  • Optimal Chemicals Malaysia
  • Palm Oleo, Selangor

  • Petronas Chemicals MTBE, Kuantan


  • Yara, Porsgrunn


  • Azoty-Tarnow, Krakow

  • Zachem S.A.


  • CUF Quimicos Industriais
  • Dow Produtos Chemicals, Estarreja
  • Hovione, Lisbon


  • Qatar for Fertilizers (QAFCO)
  • Qatar Vinyl (QVC)


  • Infineum Singapore Pte. Ltd.


  • BASF Española S.A., Barcelona
  • BASF Española S.A., Tarragona
  • Bayer Polimeros Co. Tarragona
  • CEPSA Química, Algeciras
  • Dow Chemical Iberica S.L., Tarragona
  • DuPont Ibérica S.A., Avilés
  • Fertiberia S.A., Huelva
  • FMC Foret, Zaragoza
  • PETRESA, Cádiz
  • Repsol YPF S. A., Tarragona
  • UBE Corporation Europe


  • Akzo Nobel Surface Chemistry AB,
  • Stenungsund
  • AstraZeneca, Södertälje

  • Borealis AB, Stenungsund


  • Clariant Produkte, Muttenz
  • Ciba Inc., Monthey
  • Lonza, Visp

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

  • AstraZeneca, Loughborough

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List of Member States Participating in The 14th edition of the Associate Programme (25 July - 27 September 2013)

  • Algeria
  • Argentina
  • The Bahamas,
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Cuba
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Ethiopia
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Iraq
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the aims of this programme?

  • to facilitate analysis of chemicals related to the national implementation the Convention;
  • to enhance national capacities in the Member States by offering training in analytical chemistry to personnel from the industry, academic institutions, and government laboratories;
  • to facilitate the adoption of good laboratory practices; and
  • to broaden the pool of manpower from which National Authorities and the Secretariat can draw in the future

2. What support is given?

  • The support covers the costs of international course-related travel, accommodation, meals, course fees, and medical and travel insurance for all participants for the duration of course.

3. How do we know about the issuance of Secretariat notes related to a new Analytical Skills Development Course?

4. What are the requirements for application?

  • Minimum first degree (B.Sc or equivalent) in chemistry or analytical chemistry from a recognised university or institution, with relevant practical and theoretical experience in analytical chemistry including GC and GC-MS.
  • At least five years work experience in a chemical laboratory or research institution in the home country.
  • Strong command of both written and spoken English, as the course will be conducted in English.
  • Selected candidates are required to sign terms and conditions for participation in the course, and a confidentiality agreement with the OPCW.

5. What is the application procedure?

  • complete the application form annexed to the note to be issued by the Secretariat by December each year;
  • attach a curriculum vitae accompanied by a one-page description of the candidate’s practical experience;
  • recommendation letter from the supervisor of the candidate regarding the candidate’s qualifications and attesting the relevance of the training to the work of the institution; and
  • submission of the application either through the National Authority, or through the Permanent Representation (Embassy) of the OPCW.

6. If an applicant is not selected this time, will a previous application be considered for the next one?

  • No. One should re-apply.

7. What is the duration of the course?

  • It is conducted annually about two weeks around June-July. Selected candidates will be informed of the exact dates, venue, and other details of the course.

8. What is the content of the course?

  • First week: Theoretical and practical training in gas chromatography - GC, covering hardware, optimisation, system validation and trouble-shooting.
  • Second week: Introduction to extraction, clean-up and derivatisation procedures and hands-on training in the preparation of different sample matrices for GC and Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) analyses with different detection modes.

Note: Course content may be modified or changed based upon review of the past experience

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Contact information

Mr Dawsar Drissi
International Cooperation Officer,
International Cooperation Branch,
Internal Cooperation and Assistance Division
tel +31 70 416 3592
fax +31 70 416 3279

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