Course for Analytical Chemists from Laboratories Supporting Customs Services

OPCW Laboratory, Rijswijk, The Netherlands

15 – 19 June 2020


The aim of the course is to assist qualified analytical chemists from laboratories that support, or plan to support, customs services or offices in acquiring further experience and practical knowledge of the analysis of chemicals related to the Chemical Weapons Convention. In addition, the course will facilitate the adoption of good laboratory practices for the implementation of the Convention. 


The training course will include a variety of lectures and laboratory work. The lectures will cover general aspects of the OPCW, the Convention, and the Verification Annex to the Convention. It will also cover the chemical structure and properties of scheduled chemicals, the methods of separation and structure elucidation, and the detection and analysis of scheduled chemicals at various concentration levels.  

Practical laboratory work will include:

  • gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and analyte identification using the Automated Mass Spectral Deconvolution and Identification System (AMDIS) and the OPCW Central Analytical Database (OCAD);
  • sampling and sample preparation methods for GC-MS analysis; and
  • hand-held Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopy for rapid identification.

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