NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR NUCLEAR, CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL PROTECTION
The National Institute for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Protection is a public research institution, whose professional workplaces are particularly geared toward applied research and development in the field of highly hazardous chemicals, biological agents and toxins as well as nuclear and radioactive materials. This research is focused on both the recognition of such substances, i.e. their detection and identification, and protection against their effects as well as decontamination. The primary activities of the institute also cover security research in terms of protection against terrorist threats, as well as the aftermath of major accidents involving spillage of hazardous substances into the environment.
Since the beginning of 2002 the institute has been responsible for the analysis of unidentified materials and potentially hazardous substances found on Czech territory. Any such finds must be made safe via the integrated security services and safely transported to the institute’s laboratories. These are typically not life-threatening materials, the vast majority of them being various kinds of „white powders“. In past, however, many of highly dangerous compounds were found in the Czech Republic, such as cyanides, strychnine, ricin, chemical warfare agents such as mustard gas and Lewisite, or chemical munitions from WWII. Other examples of finds containing less hazardous substances include occasionally seized drugs, radioactive compounds, or pressurized vessels containing toxic industrial gases.
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