14th AFSN Annual Meeting and SymposiumMarch 14, 2023
IFSA Releases Two Minimum Requirements DocumentsJune 26, 2023
“Improving the Reliability and Validity of Forensic Science and
Fostering the Implementation of Emerging Technologies”
ENFSI, having identified with its strategic partners in IFSA the upcoming technological developments that will result in new forensic challenges, took the initiative to move forward towards a new Vision of the European Forensic Science Area 2030, titled “Improving the Reliability and Validity of Forensic Science and Fostering the Implementation of Emerging Technologies”.
The “Vision”, structured in the following three pillars, includes focus areas that are important for the Network when developing its strategic plans and defining its new research project themes both applied and fundamental.
1. Meeting the future
1.2 Application of artificial intelligence
1.3 New tools for crime scene investigation
1.4 Emergin biological and chemical evidence types “-omics”
1.5 Emerging technologies and Industry 4.0
2. Strengthening the impact of forensic results
2.1 Transfer, persistence, and background abundance
2.2 Forensic data sharing
2.3 Facing the challenges with Migration-Trafficking-Smuggling
3. Demonstrating Reliability in forensic results
3.1 Fundamentals in Forensic Science
3.2 Forensic Human Factors
3.3 Quality and Competence Assurance
All areas included in the “Vision” aim to provide reliable, transparent, impartial, robust, and innovative science for the benefit of the forensic community and consequently for the Law Enforcement and Judicial Community as well.
As ENFSI’s initiative for EFSA2030 reflects its willingness to keep forensics at the forefront of the EU’s political agenda, it has already been addressed to the EU Council. Aim is the adoption of the initiative and the inclusion of EFSA 2030 in a Council Decision, accompanying with a specific Action Plan during the ongoing Trio of EU Presidency. Fortunately, the received feedback is promising for the near future!