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University of Helsinki VERIFIN - Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention
National Authority
Contact Information:
A. I. Virtasen aukio 1 (P.O. Box 55)
Department of Chemistry
FI-00014 University of Helsinki
tel. +358 9 191 50443
fax +358 9 191 50437
E-mail (generic)


VERIFIN is the Finnish National Authority as defined by the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and carries out national authority tasks assigned by The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA).
These tasks include informing companies and authorities on the CWC, collection of data from Finnish chemical industry, preparing the national declarations to the OPCW and escorting OPCW inspections in Finland.

Some tasks have been divided to other authorities:

One important part of the role of VERIFIN is to support the OPCW. VERIFIN is and has been involved in the following parts of the work of the OPCW:

  • The Conference of States Parties
  • The Executive Council
  • Industrial Cluster
  • The Scientific Advisory board
  • Training of the analytical inspectors
  • Validation group for updating the OPCW analytical database
  • Evaluation of OPCW proficiency tests
  • Sample Preparation for the OPCW Proficiency Test