Guide for the development of forensic document examination capacity


Falsified documents play a major role in the migrant smuggling process and although theability of forensic document examination to detect and disseminate intelligence about fraudulent documents is widely recognized and vital to immigration control and border security, there are still countries lacking this capacity.

The current guide is geared towards several levels of country/agency development from the most basic to advanced capability. It aims at providing practical assistance for the establishment or upgrading of forensic document examination and intelligence dissemination capacities in a holistic manner by encompassing identity, security and other types of documents without security features. The guide covers different categories of service providers such as immigration and border control agencies and forensic science laboratories.

The focus is on the staff skill and educational requirements needed to perform forensic document examinations and to provide court testimony, intelligence alerts and training. Recommendations on forensic equipment, reference collections and databases as well as general guidance for designing, establishing and maintaining a forensic document examination facility are also included.


Publication date: July 2010
Number of pages: 42
Languages: Arabic ( PDF), Chinese( PDF), English( PDF), French( PDF), Russian( PDF), Spanish ( PDF)