The European Fibres Group
The European Fibres Group works in the field of forensics covering fibres and other textile evidence. Over the years, fibres and textile experience have been used to extend in the field of fibres and textile intelligence work. The group was founded in 1993 in The Hague, Netherlands by the late Ken Wiggins and the late Mike Grieve with 21 founding members present. Ken Wiggins was the first Chairman of the Group and Mike Grieve its first General Secretary.
In 1995 the Group joined the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) which was founded at that time. Nowadays the European Fibres Group is one of 16 working groups in ENFSI. The group agreed to carry out collaborative exercises already in 1993 and does so on a yearly basis ever since.
Terms of Reference
In the terms of reference the EFG has set out five aims as to be seen below. The first four aims were set out at the founding date of the group in 1993 and remain unchanged. The fifth aim was added in 2004.
- To meet regularly and informally with the minimum of bureaucracy
- To promote the exchange of information.
- To work toward standardization.
- To carry out collaborative research.
- To promote education and training.
Statement of Objective
The ultimate aim of the EFG is to ensure that work carried out on a daily basis by its members is of the highest quality and is fit for purpose. The techniques used should be performed to a standard that enables the results from case and research work in different countries to be comparable.
Manuals produced by the European Fibres Group
- Manual of Best Practice
- Judicial Systems Project
- Fibre and Textile Evidence in Terrorist Cases – A Guide for Investigators