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The purpose of the symposium is to bring together senior managers from member states in a forum that facilitates:

  • the presentation of advances made in scientific methods over the previous three (3) years, and to provide a look into future forensic needs and advances;
  • the exchange of information which will enhance scientific methods in criminal investigation and the administration of justice;
  • the discussion of problem areas encountered by member states and the possible provision of solutions; and
  • the exchange and pooling of ideas for future progress.

The symposium Proceedings on this CD concentrate on the Review Papers prepared by the Coordinating Laboratories, which highlight and summarize advances in the various evidence types. The various evidence areas are grouped into five (5) major categories:

  • Criminalistics (Firearms, Toolmarks, Paint and Glass, Fibers & Forensic Geology)
  • Identification Sciences (Fingerprints, Biological Evidence (DNA) & Document Examination)
  • Media Evidence (Audio Visual, Video, Imaging, Digital Evidence)
  • Forensic Chemistry (Fire Investigation, Explosives, Drugs & Toxicology)
  • Management

In addition to the discipline specific reviews, three (3) thematic sessions will be held at the 17th IFSMS on the following topics:

  • Management
  • Scene of Crime, and
  • State of the Art Forensics