FOI is able to carry out commissions in a wide variety of fields; for example:
- Analyses of industrial chemicals and their relevant degradation products.
- Chemical examinations and component analyses.
- Determination of structural details and modification in proteins.
- Trace analyses of substances in biological liquids.
- Providing support to national authorities with forensic analyses.
FOI’s Division for CBRN* Defence and Security is able to provide advance analytical services using the latest chemical analysis techniques.
FOI forms part of the OPCW** network that monitors compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention and which is equipped to verify the prohibited use of all types of chemical weapons.
As one of the members of OPCW, FOI undergoes an annual analytical assessment of its equipment and methods used in its work on chemical weapons. Its equipment is also accredited to SWEDAC (Swedish Board for Accreditation and Conformity Assessment).
In order to fulfil its responsibilities in connection with chemical weapons, FOI has equipment that includes instruments for the following:
- Gas chromatography with mass spectrometry (GC-MS).
- Gas chromatography with element-specific detectors.
- Liquid chromatography combined with high-resolution tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS).
- Capillary electrophoresis with UV or MS detection (CE-UV, CE-MS/MS).
- IR instruments.
- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) instruments.
* CBRN stands for Chemical, Bacteriological, Radiological and Nuclear. It has replaced the old acronym ABC (Atomic, Biological, Chemical).
** OPCW is an acronym for Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.