Published: 20 August 2019

OPCW programme at Surrey helps make the world a more peaceful place

Surrey’s Department of Chemical and Process Engineering is hosting part of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Associate Programme this August, building capacity in nations worldwide in the field of chemical safety and security.

Thirty two delegates on the OPCW Associate Programme – each from a different country – are spending three weeks at Surrey’s Fluor Pilot Plant where they will learn about chemical industry standards and safety procedures in support of capacity building and exchange of good practice in the global chemical industry. Having been familiarised with the plant and the full range of paperwork used in industry, they will run the Pilot Plant for a week, and then use the experience as they undertake placements in the chemical industry.

Professor Rex Thorpe of the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering said:  “I am delighted to be able to host 32 delegates from all over the world.  These delegates will promote the Chemical Weapons Convention when they return to their countries and some will join their national authorities to administer the Convention in practice.”

The OPCW is a global organisation dedicated to promoting chemistry for peace, and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013.

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