Wim Neuteboom (1949) is born and raised in The Hague (The Netherlands). He studied analytical chemistry at the Delft Technical University. During the final stage of his study, he developed a HPLC-application for the identification of opiates in poppies. After a short working period in the oil piping industry, Wim joined the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) in 1978. His first forensic discipline was ‘drunk driving’ which included topics like alcohol and drugs analyses in body fluids, physiological and pharmacokinetic processes, breath analyses, drunk driving legislations, etc. In the late eighties, he was appointed as the (first) quality assurance manager of the NFI and became a member of the NFI management team. Under his supervision the NFI achieved ISO17025-accreditation in 1994. After this QA-period, Wim was appointed as the Head of the Supporting Division, a position he held till 2002.
In the early 1990’s Wim Neuteboom was intensively involved in the initiative by the NFI to create a network of forensic laboratories in Europe. He attended the 10th Interpol Symposium on Forensic Science in Lyon, November 1992, where most of the forensic science laboratory directors were present. This occasion was used to lobby amongst the West European colleagues about the idea for a European equivalent of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD). This was the start of ENFSI birth process which was finalised in 1995 (Founding Meeting in Rijswijk). After this milestone, Wim focused on other activities outside ENFSI, but in 1997 he returned as a member (later the chairman) of the EAFS Standing Committee.
Due to its prosperous development, ENFSI established a permanent secretariat in the beginning of the 21st century. As of 2002, Wim Neuteboom became the (first) ENFSI Secretary, a post he held over 10 years. One of the first things he did was preparing the historical and successful Noordwijkerhout-sessions in 2003 where the membership discussed extensively the Future of ENFSI. In the years after, he formulated many ENFSI bylaws, set up a financial and book keeping system for ENFSI, explored the legal status of ENFSI (leading to the establishment of the Stichting ENFSI Secretariat), etc. As the ENFSI secretary, he was among other things, involved in many activities like:
- 2004: Organiser of the OOS “Education & Training: Quo Vadis?”
- 2005: Organiser of the ENFSI Annual Meeting 2005 in The Hague
- 2006 – 2007: moderator of courses on forensic science at CEPOL Budapest
- 2007: Organiser of the OOS “Forensic Research & Development”
- 2008: Author (with Kimmo Himberg) of the UNODC Criminal Justice Assessment Toolkit for Forensic Services and Infrastructure
- 2009 – 2010: Editor of the ENFSI Annual Reports
- 2009 – 2012: Organiser of the Triennial Conference EAFS2012 (with Jo Puts)
- 2010 – 2012: Member of the Future of ENFSI Project Group (FEPG)
- 2010 – 2013: Manager of EMFA-2 program (with Christina Bertler)
- 2011: Co-organiser of the Joint Meeting 2011 (with Peter de Bruyn)
Wim Neuteboom has an extensive personal network all over the world with forensic networks and legal agencies (e.g. European Commission, Europol, Eurojust, AICEF, ASCLD, SMANZFL, IFSA, CEPOL, Interpol and UNODC). He was successful as one of the ENFSI lobbyists introducing ENFSI in the complex EU-structure which lead in the end to the recognition of ENFSI as monopolist being ‘the sole voice of the forensic community in Europe’.
Finally, Wim has directed a number of quality assurance projects in various European countries e.g. Croatia, Latvia, Macedonia, Slovenia and Turkey. He is (co-)author of about 35 (semi-)scientific articles and book contributions.