EAFS2012, The Hague, Netherlands

August 2012

EAFS2012, The Hague, Netherlands

Thematic workshop on Forensic Cooperation and Communication:

Promoting International Cooperation in the Forensic Science Field – The role of regional networks of forensic scientists

Chairs: Justice Tettey / Richard Koning

Abstract: Formed in 2007, the International Forensic Strategic Alliance (IFSA) is an alliance of forensic science networks representing 82 countries and more than 550 forensic institutions worldwide with a shared vision of creating opportunities for strategic collaboration across the global forensic science community. Its current membership include the Academia Iberoamericana de Criminalística y Estudios Forenses (AICEF), American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD), Asian Forensic Sciences Network (AFSN), European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI), Senior Managers of Australian and New Zealand Forensic Laboratories (SMANZFL), and the Southern Africa Regional Forensic Science Network (SARFSN),

Recognizing the fundamental role that forensic science services play in the criminal investigation and prosecution process, including in relation to crimes that transcend international borders, the Alliance promotes knowledge transfer, access to information and standardization of procedures through cooperation and partnerships. This ensures that the global community benefit equally from developments in forensic science.

The workshop covers the evolution of the IFSA member networks, the shared vision as part of a global strategic alliance and highlights current priorities including promoting the use of a minimum standard that guarantees an acceptable level of quality and interoperability.

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