Project 61 continued its round of regional training workshops recently, with 16 delegates from 8 Southeast Asian partner countries attending a five-day workshop on sampling, detection, identification and quantification of high-risk chemicals.
The week was formally opened by Ms. Sng Mui Tiang, Director, Defence Medical & Environmental Research Institute, DSO National Laboratories of Singapore, and Mr. Balazs Ujvari, Political Officer, Political, Press and Information Section, Delegation of the European Union to Singapore, on Monday, July 15, 2019.
Held in DSO National Laboratories of Singapore, the workshop was designed to improve laboratories standards and techniques, to develop chemical detection abilities, and to help to develop a network of chemical laboratory experts across the participating countries. It was led by expert trainers from National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) of the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.
The last day of the workshop was held at Agilent Technologies, where delegates had an additional laboratory tour and spent more time with hand held detection equipment.
The regional workshops are components of the CBRN CoE Project 61, SEACHEM, and will be followed up by national workshops in the near future, with delegates from this course trained up in order to build further capacity in their own countries.
Ir André van Esburg, lead RIVM trainer on the course, commented: ‘We had a very engaged and enthusiastic group of delegates and had a very successful week. I’m extremely grateful to DSO Laboratories for hosting us, and to Agilent Technologies for the lab tour.