Laboratory analysis of CBRN-substances: Stakeholder networks as clue to higher CBRN resilience in Europe

Agneta H. Plamboeck*, Svenja Stöven, Raquel Duarte-Davidson, Else Marie Fykse, Mark Griffiths, Maarten Nieuwenhuizen, Cédric Rivier, Marcel van der Schans

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The threat of terrorists using CBRN agents continues to pose a risk of mass casualties and severe disruption of societal functions in Europe. Standardisation of crisis management activities is one important step towards effective national and international interoperability and increased resilience. Understanding which CBRN agents are involved in an incident is vital for appropriate response measures. We applied a system's view on the process of CBRN sample analysis and see three discrete applications; Immediate incident response, Forensics, Post incident monitoring. Together with laboratory experts and policy makers from across Europe we identified needs for quality assurance measures in these three areas. Here, we suggest various harmonisation activities that can facilitate interoperability between all stakeholders concerned with CBRN sample analysis. Foremost, we recommend purpose-oriented laboratory networks, but also minimum performance requirements for First Responders’ detection and sampling capabilities, best practices for sample transport and documentation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-9
Number of pages8
JournalTrAC - Trends in Analytical Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work has been supported by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme, theme, “Towards standardisation of CBRN detection and identification ”[ SEC-2011.5.4-1]. Contract n°: 285410 . We are grateful to all contributors to FP7 project Standardisation of laboratory analytical methods (SLAM). The opinions presented in this paper are those of the authors and do not represent the views of the organisations they work for.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 Elsevier B.V.


  • Forensic investigations
  • Hazardous substances
  • Immediate incident response
  • Laboratory network
  • Post incident monitoring
  • Resilient society
  • Sample analyses
  • Standardisation


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