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Verification of Chemicals Related to the Chemical Weapons Convention

Chemical Weapons Chemicals Analysis

  1. Paula Vanninen

Published Online: 15 DEC 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470027318.a0401.pub2

Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry

How to Cite

Vanninen, P. 2011. Verification of Chemicals Related to the Chemical Weapons Convention . Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry.

Author Information

  1. Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention, University of Helsinki, Finland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2011

Abstract

This article gives a short historical review of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), discusses the tasks of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) related to chemical analysis, and lists the chemicals scheduled in the CWC. The Recommended Operating Procedures (ROPs) proposed originally by Finland and subsequently developed further in international cooperation as well as the work instructions (WIs) of the OPCW are briefly discussed. Strategy for analysis of CWC-related chemicals in an off-site laboratory is presented. The international interlaboratory comparison (round-robin) and proficiency tests as well as future prospects are discussed.