Course for Members States in the Africa Region on Analytical Skills Development at the Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention (VERIFIN)

Helsinki, Finland

23 March – 3 April 2020


This course aims to assist qualified analytical chemists from African Member States in acquiring further experience and practical knowledge; to facilitate the analysis of chemicals related to national implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (hereinafter “the Convention”); to enhance national capacities in these Member States by offering training in analytical chemistry to personnel from industry, academic institutions, and government laboratories; to facilitate the adoption of good laboratory practices; and to broaden the pool of human resources from which National Authorities and the Secretariat can draw in the future.


The ASDC programme will have two parts:

  • The first week will focus on basic training and gaining hands-on experience in gas chromatography (GC) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Participants will receive theoretical and practical training in GC and GC-MS, covering hardware, system validation and optimisation, and troubleshooting.
  • The second week will focus on the preparation of environmental samples and on GC and GC-MS analyses of such samples for chemicals related to the Convention. During this week, participants will be provided with intensive hands-on training in the preparation of different sample matrices for later analysis by GC with element-selective detectors and by GC-MS in electron impact and chemical ionisation modes. Participants will also be introduced to a range of extraction, clean-up, and derivatisation procedures.

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