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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 542357, 25 pages
Research Article

OPCW Proficiency Test: A Practical Approach Also for Interlaboratory Test on Detection and Identification of Pesticides in Environmental Matrices

1OPCW Inspectorate, Inspection Management Branch, Johan de Wittlaan 32, 2517 JR The Hague, The Netherlands
2Institute of Industrial Organic Chemistry, Annopol 6, 03-236 Warsaw, Poland
3OPCW Laboratory, Technical Support Branch, Heulweg 28-30, 2288 GN Rijswijk, The Netherlands

Received 28 August 2013; Accepted 3 October 2013; Published 22 January 2014

Academic Editors: S. Comesse and T. Punniyamurthy

Copyright © 2014 Leszek Konopski et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


An overview of general strategy, standard procedures, and critical points, which may be found during carrying out an OPCW Proficiency Test concerning detection and identification of scheduled compounds relevant to Chemical Weapon Convention, has been presented. The observations have been illustrated following the case of the Eight OPCW Designated Laboratories Proficiency Test, which was performed in the OPCW Laboratory in Rijswijk in November and December 2000. Various useful hints, comments, and practical observations concerning the case study have been included as well. The same methodology and procedures may be also applied for detection, identification, and environmental analyses of pesticides and biocides, especially organophosphorus compounds.