Annual Report 2023

2024.06.17

The Annual Report 2023 can be found here.

The Annual Report 2023 can be found here.

IN MEMORIAM TERJE KJELDSEN

2024.06.11

On June 6th 2024, our friend and ENFSI pioneer Terje Kjeldsen passed away. Terje Kjeldsen (1948) studied chemistry at the...

On June 6th 2024, our friend and ENFSI pioneer Terje Kjeldsen passed away.
Terje Kjeldsen (1948) studied chemistry at the Norwegian Technical University in Trondheim and started his career with the National Criminal Investigation Service (KRIPOS) in 1974. During the years he has held different positions at the Forensic Department inter alia as Head of Chemistry Unit, as Leading Chemist and as Quality Manager.
In 1993 he participated in the first meeting of a group of 13 European, forensic laboratories to discuss the creation of a European network. This initiative led to the formal foundation
of ENFSI in 1995. Terje has been the permanent representative of KRIPOS from the very beginning in 1993 until his retirement in 2015.
He also held other positions within ENFSI: Board member (2003 – 2006), organiser of the important One day, one topic seminar “The Future of ENFSI – The Monopoly Project” (2009) in Oslo, financial auditor (2009 – 2012) and co-author of “The History of ENFSI 1995–2015, 20 years of forensic cooperation in Europe” (2015 – still downloadable as History-of-ENFSI.pdf from the ENFSI website).
Terje’s impressive contributions to the foundation and development of ENFSI were widely recognised. In 2005, ENFSI awarded him with the ENFSI Distinguished Contributor Award. At the end of his ENFSI career, he was appointed as an Honorary Member.
He will be remembered as a friendly and constructive man by all who have known him. Our thoughts are with his wife, daughter and other relatives and friends.

Summary of the Drugs Working Group Annual Meeting held on May 7th till 9th 2024

2024.05.21

The Annual Meeting of ENFSI Drugs Working Group was held from 7th till 9th May 2024 in Warsaw. The host...

The Annual Meeting of ENFSI Drugs Working Group was held from 7th till 9th May 2024 in Warsaw. The host organization of the meeting was Central Forensic Laboratory of Police in Poland.

Considering competence, reliability and relevance in the forensic drug analysis, expectedly, this year annual meeting gathered 96 participants from different forensic institutions and from different countries. A number of oral scientific and 5 posters presentations were presented to the audience. The possibility was given to the participants to present recent cases in the session “bring your own case”, without prior planning and preparation, as well. In order to support quality and competence the flexible scope of accreditation was discussed during the plenary session. Fruitful discussion was supported among participants in order to clarify any queries related this topic. The workshop on validation of methods was set on 10th May. Due to significant interest, it was decided to continue with similar kind of workshop next year.

Besides the regular Business meeting of the Group, the separate meeting of the Steering Committee members was held with representatives of the European Drugs Agency.

The meeting was also attractive for other guest organizations and attended by the representatives of United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime and Joint Research Center of the European Commission.

Summary of the European Clearing Board Plenary Meeting held on April 10th and 11th, 2024

2024.04.22

The European Clearing Board Plenary Meeting occurred on April 10 and 11, 2024. Below is an overview of the key...

The European Clearing Board Plenary Meeting occurred on April 10 and 11, 2024. Below is an overview of the key events:

On April 10, 2024, a session was held between the EUCB governance board and various law enforcement networks (LEN). Alongside ENFSI, the meeting included representation from the following networks:
– CYCLOPS – European Network of Practitioners Fighting Cybercrime
– EACTDA – European Anti-Cybercrime Technology Development Association
– ENLETS – The European Network of Law Enforcement Technology Services
– EU-HYBNET – Empowering a Pan-European Network to Counter Hybrid Threats
– iProcureNet – European Network for Security Procurement

On April 11, 2024, all EU CB members convened with the participation of a representative from DG Home (Nicolas Bessot, Head of Unit Innovation and Security Research), as this event was aligned with the activities of the Belgian EU Council Presidency. During this session, the status updates of all Core Groups and Strategic Groups were presented, with the Belgian Federal Police conducting a case scenario showcasing new methods in cyber forensics/police technology.

During discussions, concerns were raised about potential overlaps between the activities of various core groups and the EWGs. The EUCB Governance Board stressed the importance of avoiding duplication and emphasized the need for close coordination, acknowledging the participation of an ENFSI representative.

Feedback obtained prior to the meeting from the “exposed” EWGs Digital Images WG and Forensic IT WG indicated smooth cooperation with related EU CB committees (core groups).

In personal conversations with members of the EUCB Governance Board, it was evident that, following a phase of growth and network formation within the EUCB, greater focus is now required on the work outcomes of the core groups.

Summary of the successful 15th Shoeprint and Toolmark Meeting (SPTM) in The Hague in April

2024.04.22

Dear colleagues, We are delighted to announce that the 15th Shoeprint and Toolmark Meeting, held in The Hague from April...

Dear colleagues,

We are delighted to announce that the 15th Shoeprint and Toolmark Meeting, held in The Hague from April 16th to April 18th, 2024, was a resounding success.

The event featured 38 presentations (both short and long), 4 posters, 3 workshops, and attracted 115 participants. We also conducted the business meeting during this time.

We are pleased to share that the current steering committee has been re-elected. Looking ahead, future SPTM meetings are scheduled for 2026 and 2027. Representatives from the Turkish Gendarmerie and the Hellenic Police have expressed interest in hosting these meetings in Ankara and Athens, respectively.

We eagerly anticipate our next gathering!

Best regards

Board Meeting 20th – 22nd in Floriana, Malta

2024.03.26

Last week, we were welcomed to the Malta Police Headquarters by Commissioner Angelo Gafá. The reason for the visit was the...

Last week, we were welcomed to the Malta Police Headquarters by Commissioner Angelo Gafá. The reason for the visit was the third Board Meeting of 2024 from 20th – 22nd March. We would like to thank Board member Charlot Casha, officer in charge of the Malta Police Forensic Science Lab, for excellently organizing this meeting!
We are very grateful to have gained so many insights and look forward to even more cooperation in the future.

Focus of this meeting was the EFSA 2.0 and the ENFSI Action Plan, as well as preparational work for this years’ ENFSI Annual Meeting from 28th – 31st May in Madrid (make sure not to miss out, registration is currently open to all members!).

Kick-off Meeting FOR FUTURE in Taormina, Italy

2024.02.21

On February 12th-13th Work Package Leaders from the ISF-Funded Direct Grant Project FOR FUTURE gathered together with Grant Manager Raimonds Apinis and...

On February 12th-13th Work Package Leaders from the ISF-Funded Direct Grant Project FOR FUTURE gathered together with Grant Manager Raimonds Apinis and members from the ENFSI-Secretariat for the Kick-off Meeting in Taormina, Italy. During the two days, the team leaders introduced their planned activities for the respective Work Packages and received necessary information about the project. Special thanks to Henk Visser from the European Commission for delivering important information about the funding of the project to all participants.

Job Offer from Forensic Science Queensland, Australia

2024.02.15

Forensic Science Queensland (FSQ) is currently running an international recruitment campaign for qualified forensic biologists with demonstrated experience in evidence...

Forensic Science Queensland (FSQ) is currently running an international recruitment campaign for qualified forensic biologists with demonstrated experience in evidence recovery, or case management, interpretation and reporting of complex cases including sexual assaults and murders. Presentation of evidence in court would also be well regarded.

The opportunities include temporary (1-4 year contract) or permanent positions.

Costs towards relocation to Brisbane, Australia and a generous incentive payment are included in the offer to successful candidates.

More information can be found here

QCC Guideline for Measurement Uncertainty in quantitative forensic investigations under public review

2024.02.02

The QCC issued a new Guideline for measurement uncertainty in quantitative forensic investigations which is now under public review. The...

The QCC issued a new Guideline for measurement uncertainty in quantitative forensic investigations which is now under public review. The document can be found here. To comment on the guideline, please fill out the comment template and send it to secretariat@enfsi.eu for evaluation.