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Meeting of the Ukrainian Working Group regarding the issue of psychoactive substances within EU-Act Project

Oleh Posilskyi, Head of the Materials, Substances and Products Research Department of Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise, became a participant of the next EU-Act Project meeting of the Ukrainian Working Group on the Study of Psychoactive Substances.

The meeting took place within two days on the basis of the National University “Odessa Law Academy”. This event was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, the Security Service of Ukraine, and the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, the regional coordinators and the curator of EU-Act Project.

The agenda of the meeting included the discussion the Polish experience in legislation, which regulated the state policy in the field of psychoactive substances turnover, state control of this sphere, the procedure for classifying substances as controlled, the algorithm for researching and identifying new psychoactive substances, the legal regime of new psychoactive substances circulation the results of the study of new psychoactive substances in law enforcement and judicial practice as evidence, etc.

Among the main issues, there was also a discussion about the proposal for the collection of statistical data, which all laboratories will provide concerning the most common narcotic drugs in Ukraine. European colleagues provided recommendations on improving the form and content of relevant statistics in order to increase its information and further use to introduce a system for the early detection of new psychoactive substances.

Foreign colleagues once again noted the importance of coordinating the actions of the Project and conducting joint scientific and practical activities within which it becomes possible to effectively discuss topical issues of prevention, detection and investigation of crimes related to illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances, their analogues and precursors.

It is pleasant to note that Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine is one of the first participants of the EU-Act Project. It was on the basis of Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise that one of the starting meetings of the working group participants was held and there were repeated meetings with José Manuel Colodrás Lozano, the regional project coordinator in Ukraine and Oleksandr Ruvin, Director of Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise.

Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise will continue to support the development of international cooperation, to implement new scientific developments, to introduce in the Ukrainian expert practice the best European experience and advanced achievements.

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