World Congress on
CBRNe Science and
Consequence Management


Chemical and Biological Medical Treatment Symposia

AN INTRODUCTION AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CBMTS - INDUSTRY SERIES

CSCM – WORLD CONGRESS ON CBRNe SCIENCE & CONSEQUENCE MANAGEMENT

11 -17 April, 2015, Hotel Westin, Zagreb, Croatiay
with
PRE-CONGRESS WORKSHOPS:

WORKSHOP ON URBAN SAFETY AND SECURITY IN CASE OF CBRNE THREATS:
BIOLOGICAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IN CASE OF EBOLA PANDEMIC

and

WORKSHOP ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES FOR SAFETY SYSTEMS & CRISIS MANAGEMENT IN CHEMICAL INDUSTRY

11 -12 April, 2015, Hotel Westin, Zagreb, Croatia

The CBMTS Industry series of conferences started in 1998 with the first CBMTS Industry conference which was held in Croatia – CBMTS Industry I, Eco-Terrorism, Chemical and Biological Warfare without Chemical and Biological Weapons.

Building on the legacy of the very successful CBMTS-Industry I, the first international science and medicine symposium on the role of toxic industrial chemicals (TICs) and releases of TICs via acts of war and terrorism, we now seek a more comprehensive understanding of the problems associated with chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological terrorism. Finally, the OPCW at its Review Conference of 2008 adopted a declaration stating that they had taken into account opinions of Croatian experts, as well as all the results and conclusions of the Croatian series of congresses.

Kutina '98, the first congress exercise held in 1998, launched an international initiative for the review of the role and status of the industry as military and terrorist targets. The efforts resulted in the amendments of Article X, Paragraph 8 of the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the adoption of the Statement of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), with the aim of protecting the declared industrial plants.

The video of the exercise served as an argument in the said international discussions, and is still used as an educational material in many countries.

For the same reason, the Secretariat of the OPCW decided to appoint Croatia host of the First OPCW Exercises "ASSISTEX 1" demonstrating a course of action a State Party should take in the event of a military or terrorist attack with chemical weapons.

The event was co-organized by the Government of Croatia and held in Zadar 10-14 September 2002. The exercise was recorded and the video was distributed to all States Parties to the OPCW.

It provided a good reference for Croatia and its Armed Forces, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Health and other services combating terrorism, and protecting and saving those under threat.

From its very first symposium (only the first was a symposium and all later events were raised to the level of Congress) until the last one held in 2013, the OPCW always had a number of pre-congress workshops. In 2007 our Congress was chosen for the regional celebration of the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Based on the findings and recommendations of the series of congresses in Croatia, many existing definitions have been changed or redefined, such as the definition of weapons of mass destruction. Standard operating procedures and procedures related to terrorism have been revised in many countries - some countries like the US have even have gone as far as to amend the Federal Criminal Code.

So far, there have been over 2,500 international scientific papers published, contributing to both Croatian and international science, as well as to Croatian scientific and professional reputation worldwide.

CSCM series of congresses actually started in 2013 in Croatia, with last year’s very successful Congress being held in Tbilisi, Georgia, continuing the tradition of nineteen previous Congresses held under the name CBMTS Series.

A successful series of CBMTS Industry series of congresses in Croatia was followed by numerous conferences around the world, covering almost identical topics, and now there are already several of them held each year. However, CBMTS series, which features the biennial symposia in Switzerland and Georgia, have surpassed all others.