Spiez Laboratory

Spiez Laboratory, the Swiss Federal Institute for NBC-Protection, is a division of the Federal Office for Civil Protection. We provide services relating to arms control, protection measures, health and incident management for international organisations, authorities and the general population.

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Arms Control and Disarmament Strategy 2022–25

At its meeting on February 2, 2022, the Federal Council adopted the Arms Control and Disarmament Strategy 2022-2025 (RAN Strategy). In the field of action “Chemical and Biological Weapons”, the contributions of Spiez Laboratory are highlighted, in particular the close cooperation with the OPCW (among others as Designated Laboratory) as well as the Spiez CONVERGENCE conference series and the UNSGM workshop series. In general, science and technology are judged to be very important for the further development of arms control.

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Spiez Laboratory becomes WHO BioHub

On 24 May 2021, Federal Councillor Alain Berset and WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus signed a cooperation agreement within the framework of the WHO BioHub Initiative. With this agreement, Switzerland will make the Spiez Biosafety Laboratory available to the WHO as a repository for SARS-CoV-2 viruses or other pathogens with epidemic or pandemic potential.

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International conferences in Spiez Laboratory

The Spiez Laboratory is organising two international conferences in September 2022. From 11 to 14 September, the 5th Spiez CONVERGENCE Conference will be held. The 7th UNSGM Designated Laboratories Workshop will take place on 14 and 16 September.

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Services

Arms Control

Arms Control

Spiez Laboratory works in the framework of the implementation and preparation of international disarmament and arms control treaties.

Accredited laboratories

Accredited laboratories

Spiez Laboratory operates six testing centres that are accredited by the Swiss Accreditation Service (SAS).

Training

Training

Spiez Laboratory provides vocational training. We offer apprenticeships as chemistry or biology lab technicians to young people living in the region.