The official documents related to the National Institute for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Protection (hereinafter the SUJCHBO) are available in the Register of Public Research Institutions kept by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic (see http://rvvi.msmt.cz/).
In its principal activity, the SUJCHBO deals with the applied research and development aimed at the extension of knowledge and the development of practical means utilisable in the field of radiological protection and the protection against chemical and biological agents which can be misused as weapons of mass destruction.
Amongst secondary activities (within the meaning of Act No. 341/2005 Coll. on Public Research Institutions) belongs the professional activity in the fields of interest of the SUJCHBO carried out on the basis of the requirements of its founder, other state bodies, organisational bodies of the state or territorial self-governing units. Upon the request of those bodies, the SUJCHBO provides its professional assistance, certified tests utilising its expertise, testing, identification of unknown agents and other similar activities.
The knowledge of its researchers and the instrumentation and equipment of its laboratories are also used in the Institute’s engagement in other components of the Integrated Rescue System of the Czech Republic.
Besides, the SUJCHBO offers its paid expertise and services (carried out as other activity within the meaning of Act 341/2005 Coll. for the use of currently free capacities) that are provided for both legal and physical entities in the field of the measurement of natural radioactivity, experts´ opinion, testing and analyses of chemical agents, including highly dangerous ones for which toxicological chamber can be used, testing in climatic chamber making it possible to set almost any parameters of temperature, humidity and airflow, and training and educational courses.
The Authorised Metrological Centre for the gauges measuring the volume activity of radon and equivalent volume activity of radon works within the SUJCHBO. It is the only laboratory in the Czech Republic calibrating and testing the gauges for the aforementioned quantities.
A close co-operation was established with the University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice - Faculty of Health and Social Studies, and Vysoká škola báňská – Technical University, Ostrava – Faculty of Safety Engineering. The SUJCHBO provides internships and research fellowships to the students of the above mentioned faculties within undergraduate and postgraduate study, and practice period within their dissertations.
Important is also its co-operation with the Dutch laboratories TNO (Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek), The Hague.
The SUJCHBO also participates in the international assistance according to Article X of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction provided by the Czech Republic on the basis of international agreements to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons with the seat of its headquarters in The Hague.
All the activities are carried out in compliance with the valid legislation of the Czech Republic, on the basis of relevant licenses of competent authorities. Constant attention is paid to the quality of the Institute’s professional activity, ecology and safety. The majority of laboratories have been accredited by the Czech Accreditation Institute and their activity is subject to regular inspections performed by this Institute.
The SUJCHBO was also awarded the certification according to ISO standards ČSN EN ISO 9001, ČSN EN ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001:1999. It was certified in 2007 by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance.