Incident in Salisbury UK
OPCW Issues Report on Technical Assistance Requested by the United Kingdom
Thursday, 12 April 2018
Update by the Director-General to the Executive Council at its Fifty-Seventh Session
The environmental samples were then delivered to two designated laboratories, and the biomedical samples were delivered to another two designated laboratories. The collection, splitting, and transportation of the samples were carried out in-line with the relevant procedures of the Secretariat. The chain-of-custody was fully maintained. States Parties are not informed of the designated laboratories selected by the Secretariat to perform the technical analysis.
Summary of the Report on Activities Carried Out in Support of a Request for Technical Assistance by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The results of analysis by the OPCW designated laboratories of environmental and biomedical samples collected by the OPCW team confirm the findings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical that was used in Salisbury and severely injured three people.
The TAV team notes that the toxic chemical was of high purity. The latter is concluded from the almost complete absence of impurities.
The name and structure of the identified toxic chemical are contained in the full classified report of the Secretariat, available to States Parties.