INT/Training in chemical weapons verification
Development cooperation , 13.04.2015

INT/Training in chemical weapons verification


“Training in Chemical Weapons Verification” project for years 2015-2017 is provided by the Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention, VERIFIN. It concentrates on strengthening of development countries’ laboratory capacity and security by training chemists and experts from developing countries. The purpose of the training is to strengthen knowledge and skills in analytical chemistry for the verification of chemical weapons and further the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) nationally. The project aims at enhancement of laboratories, safety and know-how of chemists who in turn can serve as advisors, trainers and specialists in their respected countries. Furthermore, the project strengthens expertise in the field of environmental protection, food security and good governance. In the developing countries there remains demand for laboratory, security, pharmaceutical, environmental and arms control training which will have an effect in sustainable development. By increasing awareness of the CWC and sound management of chemicals sustainable development will be increased nationally, regionally and globally. Learned expertise can be utilized for improvement of environmental analysis or increasing of food security. VERIFIN will continue collaboration with laboratories in Kenya and Ethiopia which both are Finland’s long-term partner countries. VERIFIN will also continue providing training to participants from countries listed in the OECD/DAC list of ODA recipients. VERIFIN, the National Authority of Finland, has organized internationally recognized, high-quality training for chemists and experts from developing countries since 1990. Three year project totals 1 350 000 euros. During years 2012-14 the participating laboratories from Kenya and Ethiopia received vast training on analytical chemistry. Gained skills can be used broadly on different kinds of analytics (environment, food safety, pharmaceutical). Training supported strengthening of laboratory capacity (e.g. sample preparation, identifying chemicals using spectral libraries, increased equipment hours). VERIFIN’s courses for National Authorities concentrate on implementation of the CWC in practice as well as on legislation. On courses on analytical techniques, the participants learned to utilize different analytical techniques in identifying unknown chemicals. The learned skills can be utilized in environmental and food analysis.

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Funding decision  13.04.2015

1 350 000 €

Target region

Developing countries

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Participatory development/Good governance
  • Aid to environment

Field of activity

  • Research/scientific institutions 100%

Type of aid

Project-type interventions

Funding channel

Helsingin yliopisto



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