History

2017

VERIFIN got back its OPCW designation for the analysis of environmental samples.

2016

The OPCW organised the first Proficiency Test on the Biomedical Samples. Based on the results of the test, VERIFIN received a provisional designation for biomedical samples among 19 laboratories.

1996

VERIFIN received accreditation from the Finnish Accreditation Service (FINAS)

The OPCW arranged third Proficiency Test, which VERIFIN participated. VERIFIN among other laboratories was designated by the Director General for analysis of environmental samples.

1995

The new building of the Department of Chemistry was finished in Kumpula. VERIFIN moved from center of Helsinki to the new science campus.

1994

The CW Project was finished and a new institute - Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention - was established. The institute became an independent institute under the University of Helsinki.

1993

Chemical Weapons Convention was opened for signing 13 January 1993. Finland signed the CWC on the next day on 14 January 1993.

1991

After the first Gulf War, UNSCOM (United Nations Special Commission) started its missions in Iraq. Two members from VERIFIN participated UNSCOM mission and VERIFIN also received samples from UNSCOM.

New high state of the art instruementation was purchased to supplement the existing instrumentation: one GC-MS/MS instrument and several GCs with selective detectors. The instruments installed in 1991-1992 were: GC-HRMS/MS (AutoSpec Q), GC-FTIR (Bio-Rad Tracer) and NMR (Bruker AMX-400).

1977

First Blue Book was published in Geneva to support Conference of Disarment.

1973

CC Project (later named CW Project) was established to develop analytical methods to support chemical disarmament. The project was under the guidance of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.