On 27th and 28th March 2019, II Workshop (WS) of the Ukrainian Drugs Research Working Group (UDRWG) took place in the premises of Hon. Prof. M.S. Bokarius Kharkiv Research Institute of Forensic Examinations (KhFI).
This WS apart of host institution representatives was attended not only by forensic experts, but also Directors from the following institutions: Ministry of Justice of Ukraine (MoJ), Center of Mental Health and Monitoring of Drugs and Alcohol (CMHMDA) of Ministry of Health of Ukraine (MoH), Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise of MoJ (KFI), State Scientific and Research Forensic Center of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine (MoIA), Main and Kyiv Toxicology Bureaus of MoH, Ukrainian Scientific and Research Institute of Special Equipment and Forensic Expertise of Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) and Department of Tax and Customs Examinations of State Fiscal Service of Ukraine (SFS).
This meeting was chaired by representative of MoJ Central Apparatus, supported by EU-ACT Regional Office in Ukraine that acts as Secretary and with the assistance of 2 EU experts that addressed WS technical discussions.
Organization of this event in KhFI gave an opportunity to URDWG to integrate and promote the cooperation with other labs across the country and to know first-hand the situation and level of expertise of other labs (not only Kyiv based ones) in this field. These are key objectives of this project.
During WS, the experts had an opportunity to visit KhFI facilities and to know about their protocols, technical means as well as networking with local experts.
The main topics discussed were the changes of legislations to improve the legal procedure in order to list NPS as controlled substances in Ukrainian regulatory framework (subgroup to discuss this matter has already been established and is working on this topic). This issue is leading by MoH, according to its competences, but has the support of all the institutions of WG.
The other important question discussed was the organization during this year of the first Inter-laboratories Collaborative Exercise that will allow to compare each labs performance and in this way to improve their procedures, as well as achieve certification of other labs in ISO 17025 on controlled substances. For this exercise the group will follow the proved standards of UNODC. This exercise will be organized by experts of KFI and will have the full support of other labs from SFS, SSU, MoH and above all MoIA that will cooperate with the biggest number of labs to make also possible this exercise.
It’s important to underline that the work of UDRWG is developing at a very good step and that the support and hospitality of the hosting institution was critical for the success of the meeting.