On May 24-25, 2021, the VII Meeting of the Ukrainian Working Group on the Study of Psychoactive Substances (UDR WGSPA) took place, which was attended by Larysa Oliinyk, Senior Forensic Expert of the Material, Substances, and Products Research Department of the Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise.

The Working Group was held within the framework of the EU-Act Project: «EU Action against Drugs and Organized Crime” on the basis of the National Scientific Center “Hon. Prof. M. S. Bokarius Forensic Science Institute” in the city of Kharkiv.

The event was attended by:

  • José Manuel Colodrás, Regional Project Coordinator;
  • Nataliia Tkachenko, Director of the Department of Expert Support of Justice of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, Head of the UDR WGSPA;
  • Oleksandr Kluiev, Director of the National Scientific Center “Hon. Prof. M. S. Bokarius Forensic Science Institute”.

Also present were representatives of the following institutions: Scientific Research Forensic Institutions of Ukraine, state institution “Center for mental health and monitoring of drugs and alcohol of the ministry of health of Ukraine”, the State Scientific Research Forensic Center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, the State Customs Service, the Ukrainian Scientific and Research Institute of Special Equipment and Forensic Expertise of the Security Service of Ukraine, the State Service of Ukraine on Medicinal Products and Narcotic Drugs Control. Department for Combating Drug Crime of the National Police of Ukraine and others.

During the work of UDR WGSPA the issues of participation of representatives of UDR WGSPA in the interdepartmental working group of the Ministry of Health were worked out; the status of the draft order of the Ministry of Health, according to which the family of substances by chemical structure will be the basis for the recognition of analogs of narcotic drugs, psychoactive substances, and precursors of new psychoactive substances found in Ukraine. There was also a discussion of the draft legal act prepared by the laboratory of the Ministry of Internal Affairs on the exchange of secondary samples.

The aim of the EU-Act Project is to increase the effectiveness of the fight against organized crime and drug trafficking. During the working groups, there is a coordination of joint efforts, exchange of information, and experience in combating drug trafficking.