Laboratories in Latin America Increase Analytical Capacity of Convention Related Substances


THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 5 December 2018 — Analytical chemists from Latin America and the Caribbean advanced their skills in the analysis of chemicals controlled under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), at a course coordinated by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the Laboratory for the Verification of Chemical Weapons (LAVEMA), held in Madrid, Spain from 22 November – 5 December.

Secretary General of the National Authority of Spain, Ms Nieves Gomez Sainz De Aja, in her opening remarks underlined that, “Spain has always devoted considerable efforts to capacity building, organising over 50 events in support of the implementation of the CWC”.

OPCW’s Senior Programme Officer, Mr Sergey Zinoviev, expressed the hope that the training will “bring their laboratories to a level of competence required by the OPCW for the analysis of Convention-related chemicals” and “advance peaceful uses of analytical chemistry, contributing to the achievement of the sustainable development goals”.

Read more about their meeting here.