Laboratory and forensic science services

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UNODC, through its Laboratory and Scientific Section, aims to:

(a) Improve the national forensic capacity and capabilities of Member States to meet internationally accepted standard;

(b) Ensure the worldwide availability and accessibility of internationally accepted standards;

(c) Increase the use of forensic science services, data and information for evidence-based operational  purposes, strategic interventions and policy and decision-making.

The scientific and technical support services are provided to a wide range of stakeholders involved in drug control and crime prevention such as:

1. Drug analysis and forensic science laboratories

2. Criminal justice system and law enforcement authorities

3. Regulatory and health authorities

The scientific and forensic work programme supports the development of effective criminal justice systems by promoting standards and best practices (as reflected in the manuals, guidelines and publications), provides quality assurance support and other technical assistance activities in drug analysis and the forensic sciences, and facilitates cooperation and partnerships among national and international bodies, drug analysts and forensic experts.

These services ensure that institutions meet the requirements of international drug control and crime prevention frameworks and treaties. Scientific expertise, advice and guidance are also provided to competent authorities and governing bodies, such as the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and the International Narcotics Control Board.

The Challenge of New Psychoactive Substances - Global SMART Programme - 2013

Fact Sheet - "New Psychoactive Substances"

Survey on impact of UNODC assistance - 2012