II Colaborative Exercise of the Ukrainian Drug Research Working Group

 

The first session of the II Collaborative Exercise of the Ukrainian Drug Research Working Group was held remotely on 23rd April 2020. The aim of this initiative of the EU-ACT Project in Ukraine is to plan, set up, and evaluate a Collaborative Exercise on drug analyses for all the laboratories members of the UDRWG (Ukrainian Drug Research Working Group) and any other Ukrainian forensic laboratory that wants to join this initiative.

In November 2019 finished the I Collaborative Exercise (CE) with the participation of 16 Forensic Labs.

The CE - also named Proficiency Test - is both a tool for inter-laboratory learning and harmonization within the organizations, as well as an accreditation necessity of each institute. This CE could be the first step to draw future proficiency test and helps the participants to think about their problems regarding the qualitative and quantitative analyses.

In the absence of appropriate legislation that allows distributing controlled substances samples (illegal drugs) among drugs for this scientific exercises, the test will employ to chemicals and substances commonly used as cutting agents for the drug dealers. This approach is considered appropriate and doesn´t detract from the scientific value of the Exercise.

The participation of each Lab is anonymous, and the analyses shall carry out following the routine methods that the laboratory uses for each kind of sample, so the samples should not be used for any other purpose than the Exercise and to conduct an internal critic and improvement of methodology and protocols, as well as the mentioned accreditation.

Operative Dimension

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Kiev, Ukraine
Working Group
Objectives
  • To train the provider (organizer) for future exercises with illegal substances In Ukraine. The leading role has been assumed by Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise of the Ministry of Justice.
  • To have the staff trained for qualitative and quantitative assays.
  • To provide participating laboratories with a useful tool for self-evaluation by comparing results obtained among participating laboratories.
  • In the future, when the illegal drugs will be tested, convert leftover samples from the Exercise into reference material (to measure and re-calibrate the accuracy of the equipment) by awarding them at the end of a value of a property and associated uncertainty, if applicable.

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