National Authority

VERIFIN is the Finnish National Authority as defined by the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and carries out national authority tasks assigned by The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA).
These tasks include informing companies and authorities on the CWC, collection of data from Finnish chemical industry, preparing the national declarations to the OPCW and escorting OPCW inspections in Finland.

Some tasks have been divided to other authorities:


The Finnish law concerning the CWC (346/1997 and 348/1997) entered into force the same time as the CWC (29 April 1997). The updates are from the years 2007 and 2010 (485/2007; 902/2010, 928/2010)

Unofficial translate of the Finnish legislation related to the Convention on Chemical Weapons are found in pdf-format (update in 11/05) and from FINLEX (update in 2010).

Unofficial translation of The Penal Code of Finland is found in FINLEX database (pdf-format).


legislationTranslation of Finnish legislation are found in FINLEX database.

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Contact information for National Authority

Mailing address:
Department of Chemistry
P.O.Box 55
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

Visiting address:
Department of Chemistry
A. I. Virtasen Aukio 1
FI-00560 Helsinki

Phone: +358-2941 50443
FAX: +358-2941 50437

Contact persons:
Vesa Häkkinen tel. +358-2941 50439 or email
Harri Kiljunen tel. +358-2941 50406 or email
Paula Vanninen tel. +358-2941 50444 or email