Course on the Enhancement of Laboratory Skills on Chemical Weapons-Related Laboratory Quality Management

Helsinki, Finland

7 – 18 September 2020

The OPCW Technical Secretariat will hold a course on the enhancement of laboratory skills on chemical weapons-related laboratory quality management (CW-LQM) at the Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention (VERIFIN) in Helsinki, Finland.


The CW-LQM course is intended for qualified analytical chemists from Member States with economies that are developing or in transition. 

The course aims to:

  • Assist them in acquiring further experience and practical knowledge 
  • Facilitate the analysis of chemicals related to national implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention
  • Enhance national capacities in these Member States by offering training in analytical chemistry to personnel from industry, academic institutions, and government laboratories
  • Facilitate the adoption of good laboratory practices
  • Broaden the pool of human resources from which National Authorities and the Secretariat can draw in the future.


The CW-LQM course will consist of the following elements:

  • Study in detail the quality standard for testing laboratories  
  • Lectures and practical exercises examining the standard
  • Participants will be asked to provide information on the quality assurance system in their laboratory and provide their current laboratory quality manual, if they already have one
  • Participants will continue working with their own quality manual or to start to prepare one during the course.

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