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Meeting of the Working Group of EU Project “EU Action against Drugs and Organized Crime (EU ACT)”

Oleh Posilskyi, Head of the Research Department for Materials, Substances and Products of Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise, became a participant in the next meeting of the Ukrainian Working Group on research of psychoactive substances within the framework of the project “EU Action against drugs and organized crime (EU ACT)”.

The event was held with the participation of the regional coordinator of the project, José Manuel Colodrás and experts – Dariusz Zuba and Mario Rica.

Representatives from the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Research Institute of Special Engineering and Forensic Expertise of the Security Service of Ukraine, the State Research Expert Forensic Center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, the Department of Tax and Customs Expertise of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, Center for Mental Health and Monitoring of Drugs and Alcohol of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.

The participants discussed the possibility of data processing of expert laboratories in order to generalize the picture of the most widespread narcotic drugs in Ukraine, obtaining appropriate information about the needs of specific reference samples for tests, as well as obtaining information in the context of the preparation of an inter-laboratory practical exercises on the quality of research, namely would constituted a practical interest.

Foreign colleagues noted that the coordination and integration of partner efforts and the improvement of interaction within the framework of special programs and strategies are extremely important. In addition, it is important to conduct joint scientific and practical activities that improve the experience of using special knowledge to solve the problems of prevention, detection and investigation of crimes related to drug counteraction.

During the first meeting of the working group, KFI took the initiative in organizing and developing collaborative training, which would respond to inquiries and problematic issues of specialists arising in the process of research of psychoactive substances.

According to Oleh Posilskyi, the Head of the Research Department for Materials, Substances and Products of KFI, the Laboratory of KFI has recently undergone a massive renovation of the material and technical base, particularly in the field of chromatography. Experts have the opportunity to work with a full line of modern chromatographic equipment for the study of various types of substances, primarily narcotic.

In general, the result of the Ukrainian Working Group on the research of Psychoactive Substances within the framework of the project “EU Action against drugs and organized crime (EU ACT)” was reinforced:

  • knowledge and in-depth advancement of best practices in reducing supply and demand for drugs and multilateral problems that are in line with international human rights standards and consistent with EU policies and policies, by providing technical assistance based on needs, in the form of short-term, individualized technical advice and equal cooperation with interested countries and regional organizations;
  • trust and interregional cooperation on drug-related issues between the beneficiary countries and their EU counterparts;
  • joint capacities and operational skills of criminal justice authorities, especially in their ability to conduct criminal investigations based on intelligence and intelligence data, as well as strategic analysis and threat assessment in the field of combating organized crime in the field of drug trafficking with respect for human rights and the rule of law.

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