EU-ACT Ukrainian staff had the privilege to be invited to participate in the event to celebrate the 105th anniversary of Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise and the Conference “Current issues of standardization of forensic support of justice in Ukraine. Development prospect”, in Kyiv on July 4-5, 2018.
It has to be mentioned that this high-level event was honored with the participation of the Deputy Head of Presidential Administration, representative of the second biggest MPs fractions on behalf of the Parliament, the Minister of Justice with his two Deputies, General Prosecutor, Chief Military Prosecutor, Anti-Corruption Prosecutor of Ukraine among other VIPs. More than 450 experts attended the conference, which is the biggest event of this kind in Ukraine. Forensic experts from different Ukrainian labs, representatives of international organizations and experts for foreign countries. There was only one EU MS present (Spain), which is one of the leaders in Europe in standardization and quality management. Spain will also be a host country for ENFSI Annual Meeting in 2020.
During the event, there was also an exhibition of forensic equipment and it gave EU-ACT staff the opportunity to contact with different companies that provide materials to Ukrainian forensic labs.
Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise (KFI) dates back to 1913 and it is the first expert organization in the system of forensic institutions of Ukraine. The institution provides court experts examinations and reports for investigators of Ministry of Internal Affairs, Security Service, prosecutors, customs and other Ukrainian LEAs.
They were the first institution under the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, which cooperates with the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI), supporting the implementation of European standards into national forensic practice. EU recognizes ENFSI as a so-called monopolist, i.e. it is considered as the sole voice of the forensic science community in Europe.
EU-ACT keeps a close cooperation with KFI by assessing its drug laboratory last February and supporting the engagement of its experts in the Drug Working Group Meeting of ENFSI.