Analytical Chemistry Course in Spanish for Member States of the OPCW in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region


22 November – 3 December 2021

The training will be co-organised by the OPCW and the Laboratorio de Verificación de Armas Químicas (LAVEMA) of the Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial (INTA) from Madrid, Spain.

The course will accommodate a maximum of 15 participants from Member States in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Secretariat will select participants in consultation with LAVEMA and will notify the successful candidates, who will then receive an official invitation to participate from the Secretariat.


The goal of the course is to improve participants’ practical skills in analysing chemicals related to the Chemical Weapons Convention and in using gas chromatography (GC), gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC MS), and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC).


The course will consist of the following elements:

  • The preparation of environmental samples;
  • The properties of chemicals related to the Convention;
  • An introduction to GC, GC MS, and HPLC equipment;
  • An introduction to the OPCW Central Analytical Database;
  • An introduction to the Convention and related compounds synthesis;
  • An introduction to AMDIS software;
  • The reporting of results during OPCW proficiency tests.

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