Education and Outreach

Enhancing understanding of the work and mandate of the OPCW through education materials for students, educators, civil society, and policymakers.



Online educational modules for National Authorities and stakeholders associated with the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Dual Use Chemical

Multiple Uses of Chemistry

Exploring the beneficial uses, misuses, and abuses of multi-use chemicals; monitoring abuses, and responding to this global problem. 


The Fires Project

The OPCW’s Short Documentary Video Project

Open Door

Open Day

Once a year OPCW opens its doors to the general public as part of the International Open Day organised by The Hague Municipality.


Colouring Book

Explaining various aspects of the OPCW’s mission and work through fun-to-colour captioned illustrations.


ABEO Documents

Documents related to the work of the Advisory Board on Education and Outreach. 

Chemistry in Conflict

Chemistry in Conflict Workbook

A workbook for high-school students

Science for Peace

The Hague Ethical Guidelines

A set of ethical guidelines to promote a culture of responsible conduct in the chemical sciences and to guard against the misuse of chemistry.

OPCW UpClose

OPCW UpClose

Join OPCW interns, Katie and Alex, in this four-part video series as they go behind the scenes of the OPCW and discover more about what goes into achieving a world without chemical weapons.


Other Resources

Useful links to helpful external resources.

OPCW E-Learning 

These online modules provide National Authorities and other stakeholders with the requisite tools and knowledge to perform their duties in relation to the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.


Building Blocks

Introductory Modules

  • Overview of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)
  • Introduction to the OPCW
  • The CWC article by article and Schedules 1,2, and 3
  • Effective running of a National Authority
  • National implementation legislation required under the CWC
  • Implementation of Article X and basic principles of protection against chemical weapons

Verification Regime

  • Chemical Weapons Declarations
  • Identification of Declarable Activities Under Article VI of the CWC
  • Introduction to Article VI Declarations
  • Introduction to the Electronic Declarations Tool for National Authorities (EDNA)
  • Introduction to Secure Information Exchange (SIX) 
  • Preparing for and Receiving an Article VI Inspection by Plant Site

Accessing E-Learning

  • Login to OPCW’s Learning Management System (LMS) or Register for an account
  • Select the Browse for Training in the Learning menu
  • Click View All to see all topics in the navigation window
  • Select Verification from the list of topics
  • Select the E-Learning module you would like to access
  • Click the Request button to request the training

Once you have been approved to take the course, you can locate the training in the Training Record section of LMS. Click Launch to start your training.

The course will start automatically. Depending on the speed of your Internet connection, loading of the course make take some time. If the course does not start after a while, you may need to check the configuration of you Internet browser (e.g. to allow for pop-up window to be displayed) or to try with a different browser.

Training Programme: Disarmament and Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction

The T.M.C Asser Instituut and the OPCW Programme on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) is a highly regarded educational programme for advanced graduate students and early-to mid-career professionals with interests in WMD diplomacy and treaty implementation. 

The one-week programme offers a comprehensive overview of non-proliferation and disarmament efforts regarding WMD. Experienced and internationally renowned experts and diplomats in the fields of international law, security, and related disciplines give lectures, interactive seminars, simulation exercises, and field visits to a nuclear reactor and a chemical weapons research laboratory.

Register for 2019 edition [30 September – 4 October]

Multiple Uses of Chemistry 

Exploring the beneficial uses, misuses, and abuses of multi-use chemicals; monitoring abuses, and responding to this global problem. 

Explore the Website

These interactive resources have been designed for students, educators and policy makers, with specific content directed towards each group.

Graduate Cap


This section works through examples of chemicals that have both beneficial and harmful uses, ranging from pharmaceutical products to solvents and destructive chemical weapons. Scientific responsibility and ethics are introduced to help students think about making responsible choices.


Educators and Policy Makers

This section contains much of the same content as the Students section, with additional information and suggestions for implementation of this resource into classroom or group settings.


Brief Overview

This section addresses the key concepts and historical events associated with the uses, misuses, and abuses of multi-use chemicals, without entering into a detailed discussion. This is a starting point for quick access to information.


The Fires Project is a series of short documentary videos depicting the intersection of people and chemical weapons.

Sub-titled in the OPCW’s six official languages, these videos are an effective tool for raising awareness about chemical weapons issues.

Watch All OPCW FIRES Films

International Open Day

Expanding the general public’s understanding of the OPCW and CWC – who we are, what we do, and why it’s important.

Once a year OPCW opens its doors to the general public as part of the International Open Day organised by The Hague Municipality.

Visitors learn about the history of chemical warfare and effects of chemical weapons on humans through interactive expert presentations, art sessions, and a mini-film festival.

Visitors are also invited to try on gear used by OPCW inspectors during field missions, discover how our chemists analyse and identify chemical markers, and even get a photo with OPCW’s 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. 

Other activities include internship presentations, a Colours of Peace drawing session for children, and a colouring session for our youngest visitors.

Register to attend through The Hague International Day website.

Colouring Book

The OPCW children’s colouring book explains various aspects of the Organisation’s mission and work with captioned illustrations.

The colouring books were developed for the OPCW’s 20th Anniversary in 2017 and are available in all official languages of the UN and Dutch.

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