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Recommended operating procedures for analysis in the verification of chemical disarmament: Blue Book, 2011 Edition
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A. I. Virtasen aukio 1 (P.O. Box 55)
Department of Chemistry
FI-00014 University of Helsinki
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Publication info
 ISBN 978-952-10-7407-3 (paperback)
ISBN 978-952-10-7408-0 (PDF)

Editor: Paula Vanninen
Publisher: University of Helsinki
Printed at: Valopaino Oy, Helsinki, Finland
Publishing data: 8 December 2011
Ordering a paperback version of the Blue Book
 We have produced printed copies of the Blue Book (an A4-format paperback book with 456 pages).

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Blue Book, 2011 Edition 150 €
VAT for countries outside of the EU 10 %
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Electronic version
 To download the PDF version of the Blue Book, 2011 Edition, please fill this form.
After completing the form you will receive an e-mail with the download link.

The document contains the whole Blue Book in one file, which has 458 pages.

Updates made to the current electronic version (PDF.2011.01 dated 8 December 2011) since the printing of the paperback version:
  • Page numbers have been added to the Table of Contents (pp. i-v)
  • List of previous Blue Books has been added (pp. 449-450)
Referring to the Blue Book in literature
 It is recommended that a reference to the Blue Book is made as follows (naturally following the details of the journal, etc.):
R. Read, R. Black, U. Hakala and P. Vanninen, "Liquid chromatography–atmospheric pressure ionisation/mass spectrometry" in P. Vanninen (ed.) "Recommended operating procedures for analysis in the verification of chemical disarmament, 2011 Edition", University of Helsinki, Finland, 2011, pp. 282–294.
Please include only the authors in the reference. You can also include the internet link to this page, which will not change:
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Comments and suggestions for the Blue Book
 The first author of each chapter is the responsible author. You can send any comments and suggestions by e-mail to the responsible author and/or to the editor of the whole Blue Book, Paula Vanninen (; replace with name).

An update of the Blue Book is being planned for 2012. If you are interested in participating this update work you can contact Paula Vanninen.
Preparation of the Blue Book
 The following institutes have contributed to the preparation of the Blue Book, 2011 Edition:
  • Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention (VERIFIN), Finland
  • Laboratory of Toxicant Analysis, Academy of Military Medical Sciences (AMMSLTA), China
  • Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), Denmark
  • DGA CBRN Defence (DGA), France
  • Vertox Laboratory, Defence Research and Development Establishment, Gwalior, India
  • Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI), Norway
  • DSO National Laboratories, Singapore
  • Laboratorio de Verificacion (LAVEMA), Unidad de Defensa Química, Area NBQ y Materiales, Instituto Tecnológico La Marañosa (ITM), Spain
  • Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), Sweden
  • Spiez Laboratory, Swiss NBC Defence Establishment, Analytical Chemistry Branch, Switzerland
  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), UK
  • Forensic Analytical Center, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC), USA
  • Teal Consulting, USA
  • OPCW Laboratory, The Organisation for Prohibition of the Chemical Weapons (OPCW)