As reported in August 2020, the European Commission published the annual work programme ISF Police 2020 comprising the official information on ENFSI receiving a direct award 2020 and the description of activities to be funded by the grant.
Meanwhile, the European Commission sent a call to ENFSI to apply for the annual work programme ISF Police 2020.
From 19th to 20th November 2020, the European Justice Training Network (EJTN) organised an online Criminal Justice Seminar called “The Use of the Forensic Science Evidence in Courts – Challenges and Developments in the EU” in cooperation with ENFSI.
Representatives of two ENFSI Expert Working Groups (DNA WG and Drugs WG) enriched the programme with interesting contributions on the following topics:
- Interpretation of forensic DNA evidence in criminal cases
- Forensic DNA phenotyping (FDP) methods for criminal investigations
- Individualization of a seized drug to a specific production batch/source (drugs profiling)
- Neurological influence of drugs
- New types of drugs
- Latest methodologies of drug imports/transportation and tips for investigations
As the EJTN and we as ENFSI consider education and training of external stakeholders very important we will not give up our efforts to contribute to such successful training activities.
As being recently confronted with questions about possible effects of Brexit on ENFSI activities, we would like to inform that ENFSI is a network of forensic science institutes coming from countries being a member of the Council of Europe, comprising EU members and non-EU members. Brexit does not have any harmful effects on cooperation within ENFSI.
On October 18 2020 the Law Enforcement Working Party under the Finnish presidency and initiative discussed the affiliation with ENFSI and its benefits in relation to Forensic Sciences. In 11834/2/19 REV 2 it was concluded that:
• The Presidency shall consider inviting a representative of ENFSI to the LEWP when forensic science is discussed in the working party
• ENFSI takes the initiative as appropriate and contacts the Presidency in order to report to the LEWP about new developments in forensic science services
With great gratification the ENFSI Board received this decision. Over recent years, there have been already numerous instances of a close cooperation between the LEWP and ENFSI, especially in the context of the implementation of the EFSA 2020Action Plan. ENFSI was the coordinator of three out of five actions and a contributor in one, and has been actively contributing to all implementations and reporting.
We consider our monopoly status in Forensic Sciences in Europe as a privilege and at the same time feel liable as service providers to keep Forensic Science at the forefront in Europe.
1st International Scientific and Practical Conference “Current Problems of Forensic Expertology, Criminalistics and Criminal Procedure” in Kyiv, Ukraine
On November 05, 2019 at the initiative of Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, 1st International Scientific and Practical Conference “Current Problems of Forensic Expertology, Criminalistics and Criminal Procedure” took place in Kyiv.
The scientific event brought together at the round table leading Ukrainian and foreign scientists, scientists and practitioners who are the founders of modern forensic activity in particular and forensic science in general, among which there are ENFSI member-institutes.
Within the framework of the conference, the speakers presented to the audience presentations on the history and development of forensic examination, implementation of modern working methods and the emergence of new types of forensic examinations.
The agenda included scientific reports on the following topics:
• “Topical issues of forensic examination development on the example of Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine”;
• Historical milestones in the development of forensic examination in Ukraine;
• “Standards of proof “reasonable suspicion”;
• “Problems of the theory and practice of the forensic science in the context of reforming the criminal justice system of Ukraine”;
• “Reformatting the subject-zonal principle of organizing the activity of prosecution authorities”;
• “Methodologies as a reflection of the integrative nature of forensic science”;
• “Appointment of an examination by a court at the request of a party to criminal proceedings”.
In a welcoming address, Oleksandr Ruvin, Director of Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise noted that the modern Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise has much to be proud of and continues the development path. The Institute’s specialists carry out more than 95 types of forensic examinations and expert studies, international cooperation is developing dynamically and scientific work is being implemented as well and KFI presented to our colleagues the up-to-date edition in the field of forensic examination – the textbook “Forensic examinations in the procedural law of Ukraine”.
International Scientific Practical Conference on “Current Problems of Forensic Expert Activities. Contemporary Problems, Trends and Prospects of Development of Criminalistics and Forensic Expertise”
On 25-27 September 2019 the International Scientific Practical conference on “Current Problems of Forensic Expert Activities. Contemporary Problems, Trends and Prospects of Development of Criminalistics and Forensic Expertise” took place in Yerevan, Armenia. The conference was dedicated to the 15th anniversary of the establishment of ‘’National Bureau of Expertise’’ state non-profit organization of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, ENFSI member institute.
The program of the international scientific-practical conference includes the following main areas:
- organizational and procedural aspects of forensic expertise, features of methodological, organizational and legal groundwork,
- scientific-technical and technical-criminalistics maintenance of forensic expert activities, features of introduction of modern research methods and testing tools for addressing issues of forensic expertise,
- harmonization of the needs of forensic expert activities as one of the means of mechanisms of creation of a single organizational and scientific-methodical approach to the production of forensic expertise,
- problems of the theory and practice of forensic expertise and research, features of assigning and production of forensic expertise – new challenges, new solutions,
- contemporary methodological and technological approaches to examination of evidence,
- development prospects and features of conducting complex interdisciplinary forensic expertise using the modern achievements of the natural, technical and human sciences,
- modern approaches to continuous education and improvement of experts, training of employees of competent authorities, who has the responsibility to assign expertise, modern aspects of testing.
Acknowledging the active involvement of NBE-Yerevan in ENFSI, the ENFSI Chairperson Michael Bovens highly appreciated the invitation to the conference. Unfortunately not being able to attend this important event personally, he took the opportunity to send a video-message which was shown at the opening of the conference.
Please find attached the press release on the event. Following the link below, you’ll find some further impressions: