Analytical Skills Development Course

The Technical Secretariat conducts analytical skills development courses, each for a duration of two weeks, in specialised institutions every year.


The course aims to:

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

Course Content

Analytical Skills Course 2012.

The first week of the course covers theoretical and practical training in gas chromatography GC, covering hardware, optimisation, system validation and trouble-shooting.

The second week provides 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: The course content may be modified or changed based upon review of past experience.


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

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5. What is the application procedure?

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

7. What is the duration of the course?


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