The former European Paint & Glass Working Group has been renamed to European Paint, Glass & Taggants Working Group.
Currently more than 40 forensic science agencies from about 26 European countries are participating in the European Paint, Glass & Taggants Working Group activities. There is also co-operation with the RCMP (Canada) and the FBI (USA).
Aims and Objectives
The aims and objectives of the European Paint, Glass & Taggants Working Group (EPGTWG) are:
- to assist police in identifying and tracing vehicles from paint traces
- to maintain the EUCAP (European Collection of Automotive Paints) database
- to increase awareness of paint evidence and its evidential significance
- to organise appropriate training courses in paint examination
- to obtain the best value in glass examinations
- to organise appropriate training courses in glass examination
- to increase awareness of glass evidence and its evidential significance
- to manage the adhesive tape database
- to increase awareness of tape evidence
- to build up an European database on security dyes
- to organize annual working group meetings
- to organise proficiency tests / collaborative exercises
- to promote quality assurance and good working standards
- to produce and maintain best practice guidelines
- to harmonise methods
- to promote and to harmonise research and development
- to promote the exchange of information and knowledge
You can find the EWG’s Best Practice Manuals and Guidelines here in the Documents-Section.
- Chairperson: Christos Batis – Forensic Science Division, FSD, Athens, Greece
- Secretary: Florian Vanneste – National Institute of Criminalistics and Criminology, INCC, Brussels, Belgium
- Treasurer: Marine Lebel – IRCGN Pontoise, France
- EPE webmaster: Marine Lebel – IRCGN Pontoise, France
- QCLG: Sabine Schneiders – BKA Wiesbaden, Germany
- SC Member: Sandrine Le Franc – National Forensic Police Department, Ecully, France
- SC Member: Knut-Endre Sjåstad – National Criminal Investigation Service, NCIS, Norway
You can contact these people by sending an email through our contact form. Please state clearly who your message is addressed to.