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CBRN Protection: OPCW-designated laboratory for environmental and biomedical samples

25 Jul 2016

The mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), winner of the Nobel Peace Prize 2013, is the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention. Since 1997 OPCW biannually organizes the so-called Proficiency Test (PT) for analysis of CW-related chemicals  in environmental samples.

When a laboratory passes this test successfully and has the required quality accreditation, it is officially appointed as a designated laboratory for analysis of environmental samples. The CBRN Protection department of TNO holds such a status since 1997, without any suspension.

Designated laboratories are entitled to analyze samples taken by OPCW during inspections or fact-finding missions. The tragic sarin attack in Syria and the subsequent UN investigations have clearly revealed that in addition to environmental samples, biomedical samples such as blood and urine are crucial for unequivocal assessment of the use of chemical weapons. Within this framework, OPCW has organized a so-called BioMedical PT in February 2016 in order to designate laboratories for analysis of biomedical samples. The CBRN Protection department of TNO successfully participated in this test and is therefore currently designated for both environmental as well as biomedical samples.

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