CSCM’s legacy event series, called 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.
Kutina ’98, the first congress exercise held also in 1998, launched an international initiative for the review of the role and status of industry as military and terrorist targets. The efforts resulted in the amendment 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 declared industrial plants. The video of the exercise served as an argument in the referenced international discussions and is still used as 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. These exercises 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 status of Congress) until the last one held in 2013, the OPCW always held 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.
The CBMTS Industry Series changed its name to CBRNe Science and Consequence Management (CSCM) Congress in 2013 with the passing of one of its original founders. Under the new CSCM title, very successful Congresses have been held in both Croatia and Georgia, continuing the tradition of two decades of Congresses held formerly under the name CBMTS Series title. To date, there have been over 2,500 international scientific papers published, contributing to international science.
CSCM has involved the participation of nearly 2,000 high-ranking scientists and professionals from the fields of medicine, toxicology, biochemical sciences, physics, and biotechnology as well as military and government personnel from nearly 50 countries involved in preventing the spread of knowledge and technology concerning weapons of mass destruction. Topics have included: approaches, methodologies, and systems of detection, identification of CBR substances, personal and collective protection, decontamination, evaluation of possible consequences, and medical treatment in the event of a CBRNe threat and/or occurrence.
The International Organizing Committee (IOC) is pleased to hold this year’s Congress in Dubrovnik, Croatia, and with the projected support of OPCW, the EU CBRN CoE program, and the Government of Croatia. The CSCM International Organizing Committee contributes operational and planning support and provides administrative services crucial to the success of the meeting.