The International Forensic Strategic Alliance (IFSA) is a multilateral partnership between regional networks of operational forensic laboratories across the globe.

Vision

  • To create opportunities for strategic collaboration across the global forensic science community.

Goals and Objectives

  • Represent the operational forensic science community
  • Develop and execute a rolling agenda for strategic issues related to forensic science
  • Be a strategic partner to other relevant international organisations and partnerships
  • Encourage the exchange of information related to experience, knowledge and skills between the member networks and other operational forensic experts as appropriate.

Member Organizations

American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors

Usually pronounced “azz-clad” by those in the forensic sciences, The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) is a nonprofit professional society of crime laboratory directors and forensic science managers dedicated to providing excellence in forensic science through leadership and innovation. The purpose of the organization is to foster professional interests, assist the development of laboratory management principles and techniques; acquire, preserve and disseminate forensic based information; maintain and improve communications among crime laboratory directors; and to promote, encourage and maintain the highest standards of practice in the field.

European Network of Forensic Science Institutes

The purpose of ENFSI is to share knowledge, exchange experiences and come to mutual agreements in the field of forensic science. ENFSI is recognized as an expert group in the field of forensic sciences.

ENFSI is recognized as a pre-eminent voice in forensic science worldwide by ensuring the quality of development and delivery of forensic science throughout Europe. It will therefore:

  • strengthen and consolidate ENFSI
  • expand the membership throughout Europe while maintaining the development and credibility of ENFSI
  • establish and maintain a working relationships with other similar organizations
  • encourage all ENFSI laboratories to comply with best practice and international standards for quality and competence assurance
National Institute of Forensic Science Australia New Zealand

NIFS ANZ are the peak body for forensic representation from Australia and New Zealand. NIFS ANZ is governed by the Australia New Zealand Forensic Executive Committee (ANZFEC), made up of the Directors of all government forensic service providers in Australia and New Zealand.

NIFS ANZ strategic intent is to promote and facilitate excellence in forensic science. Their work programs are designed to address priority needs and issues in forensic science and they actively engage with the forensic science community on cross-jurisdictional and cross-discipline issues.

NIFS ANZ role are:

  • Promote, sponsor and support research in forensic science in areas of identified strategic importance
  • Advise and assist with the development and co-ordination of forensic science services
  • Gather and exchange forensic information
  • Support, co-ordinate and conduct training programs in forensic science for practitioners
  • Conduct relevant quality assurance programs
Academia Iberoamericana de Criminalística y Estudios Forenses

The Latin American Academy of Criminalistics and Forensic Studies, AICEF, established in 2004 is composed of 27 research institutions representing 18 Latin American countries and Spain and Portugal. The primary purpose of its creation was to achieve cooperation between institutions and engaged in criminal investigation experts. All in aid of the bodies responsible for administering justice. The study of the evidence, however insignificant they may be, are the main objective of criminalistics, and finally identifying the author of an alleged malfeasance. AICEF constitutes a scientific meeting in which the problems of modern Latin American criminal justice research, in order to make available to the distributors of justice objective tests that allow them to fulfill their social function are discussed.

Asian Forensic Sciences Network

The purpose of the AFSN is:

  • To provide a forum for forensic science institutes in Asia for discussion on issues relating to forensic services.
  • To enhance the quality of forensic services in Asia through expert working groups, training, collaborative studies, proficiency tests and accreditation.
  • To establish links with other similar networks for the promotion and advancement of forensic science.
  • To formulate strategies relating to forensic science issues in Asia.

Southern Africa Regional Forensic Science Network

The basis for a South Africa Regional Forensic Science Network (SARFS), representing 12 countries in Southern Africa, was established with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) guidance and support in December 2008. The Africa region, through its SARFS Network, will strengthen its presence in the international forensic community alongside the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD), the Senior Managers of Australian and New Zealand Forensic Laboratories (SMANZFL ), the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI), the Iberoamerican Academy of Forensic Sciences (Academia Iberoamericana De Criminalistica Y Estudios Forenses, or AICEF) and the Asian Forensic Sciences Network (AFSN).

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes

UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. Established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC operates in all regions of the world through an extensive network of field offices. UNODC relies on voluntary contributions, mainly from Governments, for 90 per cent of its budget.

UNODC is mandated to assist Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism. In the Millennium Declaration, Member States also resolved to intensify efforts to fight transnational crime in all its dimensions, to redouble the efforts to implement the commitment to counter the world drug problem and to take concerted action against international terrorism.

News & Updates

December 1, 2017

ISO TC 272 meets in Tokyo

ISO TC 272 begins work as a Technical Committee.
September 3, 2017

IFSA meets at IAFS 2017 in Toronto

ASCLD President Ray Wickenheiser and Board member Brooke Arnone provide an update on IFSA meetings in Toronto.
October 13, 2016

IFSA MRDs at Interpol

Today, the IFSA is proud to announce that Jody Wolf, IFSA President, presented the current status of the IFSA MRDs at the 18th International Forensic Science Managers Symposium in Lyon, France.