Laboratory Spiez

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Laboratory Spiez
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Headquarters Spiez
Chief Marc Cadisch
Employees 101
At sight Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport DDPS

The Spiez Laboratory ( French Laboratoire Spiez , Italian Laboratorio Spiez , English Spiez Laboratory ) is the Swiss specialist body for the protection of the population from atomic, biological and chemical threats and dangers. It is subordinate to the Federal Office for Civil Protection in the Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) and has its seat in Spiez .


The Spiez Laboratory is divided into the following areas:

Areas Services
NBC protection
  • Development of the basics of NBC protection materials.
  • Operation of accredited test centers for the approval and monitoring of NBC protective materials.
  • Analysis of samples of all kinds for chemical weapons and related compounds (accredited trust laboratory of the OPCW).
  • Evaluation of detection and detoxification agents for chemical warfare agents.
  • Manufacture of chemical warfare agents as reference substances.
  • Measurement of radioactivity (on- and off-site analysis).
  • Investigations of heavy metal pollution in the soil.
  • Nuclear forensic determination of radioactivity levels in sample material.
Arms control
  • Technical advice to Switzerland on international negotiations for disarmament and arms control.
Scientific Secretariat KomABC
  • Scientific support and management of the Federal Commission for NBC Protection (KomABC).
  • Development of basics for national NBC protection and statements for the KomABC.
  • Informing the authorities and the population about NBC dangers and protective measures.

International activities

The Spiez Laboratory is an internationally recognized competence center and works with the United Nations (UNO), the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the World Trade Organization ( WTO) together. The Spiez Laboratory also makes various contributions to the NATOPartnership for Peace ” program.

The Spiez Laboratory became internationally known for its participation in investigations into the alleged poison gas attacks in Syria and the poison attack on Sergei Skripal .

In May 2006, the Spiez Laboratory was the only laboratory in the world to be awarded the maximum mark by the OPCW in the “Nineteenth Official OPCW Proficiency Test” among the 13 participating laboratories.

Hacker attacks

In spring 2018 there were unsuccessful attempts to install a Trojan horse in the authority. According to the Russian IT security company Kaspersky Lab, the attackers had Russian language skills. A few weeks later, in a defensive operation by several European intelligence services, two Russian citizens were arrested on charges of trying to break into the network of authorities with espionage equipment.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Organic analysis. International recognition as a verification laboratory for chemical warfare agents. (No longer available online.) In: Formerly in the original ; accessed on July 27, 2018 .  ( Page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  
  2. Arrested in The Hague: Russian agents wanted to spy on the Spiez laboratory . Aargauer Zeitung , September 14, 2018
  3. Russian hackers attack Spiez Laboratory . Tages-Anzeiger , July 30, 2018; accessed on September 14, 2018
  4. ^ "Targeted false reports" from Moscow . Tagesschau (ARD) , April 23, 2018; accessed on September 14, 2018
  5. Argument with Spiezer laboratory proves to be wrong . Jungfrau Zeitung , April 21, 2018; accessed on September 14, 2018
  6. Report of the OPCW (PDF; 135 kB)
  7. Swiss analyzed neurotoxin attack: Putin's hackers attack Spiez laboratory . Blick , July 29, 2018; accessed on September 14, 2018
  8. Russian spies arrested on the way to the Bernese Oberland . Tages-Anzeiger , September 13, 2018

Coordinates: 46 ° 41 '29.9 "  N , 7 ° 38' 40.5"  E ; CH1903:  six hundred fifteen thousand seven hundred and fifty-five  /  171177