On April 19, 2018, an interdepartmental scientific and practical seminar “The Latest technical possibilities for researching objects during the forensic examination of materials, substances and products” was held at Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise.

The event brought together representatives of forensic institutions of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, the Expert Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, The Ukrainian Scientific and Research Institute of Special Equipment and Forensic Expertise of the Security Service of Ukraine (ISEE SSU) and the State Institution “The Main Bureau of Forensic Medical Examination of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine”.

Oleksandr Ruvin, Director of KFI, in a welcoming speech noted that research of materials, substances and products is one of the most numerous categories of research conducted by experts from the Laboratory of Criminalistics Research in KFI. Only over the past year experts from KFI have performed 3810 relevant forensic examinations and every year this quantitative indicator is growing.

The necessary prerequisites for the further development of the expertise of materials, substances and products remain the availability of a modern material and technical base, the proper methodological support and active communication of specialists from various departments.

Oleh Posilskyi, the Head of the Department of the Materials, Substances, and Materials Research of KFI presented to the participants the latest equipment used by the experts of the Institute, namely:

  • Scanning electronic microscope “Tescan Vega 3 LM”;
  • Infrared Microscope “Nicolet iN10”;
  • Laser diffraction particle size analyzer “Mastersizer 3000”;
  • Optical inverted microscope “Leica Microsystems DMi8C”.

Experts of Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise have been trained by manufacturers and have the opportunity to use all the functionality of these devices.

The best laboratories in the European Union is equipped with it, therefore this brings Ukrainian expertise to a new level of recognition. Experts of KFI carry out joint research and training courses with foreign colleagues within the European network of forensic institutions.

In the second part of the seminar, the participants discussed the issues of the scientific advisory and methodological council on the problems of forensic examination, the lack of the possibility of attracting specialists from other institutions of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine to the testing and implementation of forensic expert methods.

Thus, specialized inter-departmental scientific and practical seminars allow experts to discuss important practical issues in the course of live communication, exchange experiences in specific areas of knowledge, establish communication and find an answer to problematic issues more quickly.