NATO AC/225 LG/7-SIBCA Second International Training Exercise on the Identification of Mid-Spectrum Agents


  1. Hancock, J.R.
  2. D'Agostino, P.A.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN)
In February 1999, the NATO LG/7-SIBCA subgroup conducted the second international training exercise on the identification of mid-spectrum agents. The objective of this training exercise, hosted by Canada, was to evaluate the participating national laboratories' ability to identify specific mid-spectrum agents. The compounds were selected from the SIBCA list of mid-spectrum agents. The compounds were selected from the SIBCA list of mid-spectrum agents and distributed as unknowns to the laboratories. Seven national laboratories, one each from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway and the United States, participated in the exercise. The level of identification (provisional, confirmed or unambiguous) obtained by each ot the laboratories was determined using the identification criteria for mid-spectrum agents developed by the SIBCA subgroup. All the participating laboratories were able to provisionally identify the first sample as alpha-Conotoxin MI and the second sample as apamin. The Netherlands and Germany through further experiments were able to confirm the idenfification of alpha-Conotoxin MI and apamin. In addition to the information required for confirmed identification, the Netherlands used nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry and an authentic reference sample to unambiguously identify apamin.
alpha-Conotoxin MI;Apamin;SIBCA
Report Number
DRES-TM-2000-013 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Mar 2000
Number of Pages
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