Laboratory and forensic science services

In order to bring criminals to justice, police and prosecutors need evidence. Guilt or innocence can be proven through physical traces discovered and examined by forensic experts - like fingerprints, hair sample or DNA. Drugs also have their own signature. Their composition can reveal where they came from, what they are made up of, and their potency. This is vital for understanding drug trends, in bringing evidence from the crime scene to the court room and addressing health ... more

UNODC, through its Laboratory and Scientific Section, aims to: Improve the national forensic capacity and capabilities of Member States to meet internationally accepted standards; Ensure the worldwide availability and accessibility of internationally accepted standards; Increase the use of forensic science services, data and information for evidence-based operational purposes, strategic interventions and policy and decision-making.


Drug Analysis and Forensic Science Laboratories

  • Quality Assurance
  • Reference standards
  • ICE programme

Law Enforcement

Criminal Justice System and Kaw Enforcement Authorities

  • Drug kits
  • Crime scene
  • E-learning

Science and Policy

Trend Analysis and Policy Development

  • Global SMART Programme
  • Research
  • Early Warning Advisory

Online Resources

  • Drug Testing
  • Brochures
  • Guides
  • Manuals
  • Publications
  • E-learning


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