EFIC participates in the implementation of projects financed from the so-called Monopoly ISEC Action Grants Programme of the European Commission. These projects are mostly devoted to the implementation of actions aimed at ensuring and improving the quality of forensic science through the creation of guides and manuals related to good laboratory practices, preparation of interlaboratory comparisons, development of research methods and standards for interpreting the forensic results.
In 2009, the European Commission decided to grant ENFSI the monopoly status concerning forensic science in Europe. The Commission tends to turns to ENFSI in situations when information or advice on forensic science is needed. Also, as a result of this decision the Commission has allocated some money for ENFSI to spend on various projects executed through specific action grants.
From 2011 ENFSI receives financial support from the European Commission on the implementation of activities which coincide with the priorities of the European Union. Actions performed under the Monopoly projects are carried out mainly by experts from ENFSI- Member institutes and laboratories. EFIC is responsible for the coordination and financial management of these actions. The Foundation annually coordinates over 20 different activities carried out by about 100 people from over 20 countries.
The first Monopoly project implemented by ENFSI, that is MP2009, concerned the enhancement of quality in European forensic science (Project title: “Sustainable Quality within the European Forensic Science”). It began on 16 December 2010 and involved 17 organizations. These were mainly forensic institutes and laboratories which are members of ENFSI. The project itself consisted also in the cooperation between other international organisations working in the field of accreditation. The project was implemented for 36 months. The project ended on 31 December 2013 and in March 2014, EFIC sent a financial report to the European Commission which was accepted with no remarks. The project as such was rated as good.
The theme of MP2010 was related to the interpretation of the results of forensic examinations. The three-year project carried out under the name “Strengthening the Evaluation of Forensic Results in Europe” began on 1 January 2012 and involved 16 partners. One of the activities undertaken under the project was related to the development of a guideline document describing the rules of interpreting forensic results. Furthermore, the MP2010 teams performed a series of trainings and workshops in the field of forensic firearms and gunshot residues and developed guidelines for quantitative analyses of drugs, as well as the proficiency tests in computer forensics.
MP2011 is dedicated to the methodology of research in various disciplines of forensic science (Project entitled “Improving Forensic Methodologies Across Europe”) It was launched on 1 January 2013 and will run until the end of 2015. It is run by experts from eighteen research centres. The aim of this project is to revise among others, the methodologies used for: determining the age of the documents, testing of fibers, speaker identification and visual testing.
MP2012 project entitled “Towards European Standardisation through Best Practice Manuals” is a project dedicated to best practice manuals in forensic science. The project started on 1 January 2014 and will last two years. It’s key objective is to unify best practice manuals used by the European institutes of forensic science and forensic laboratories. Unified manuals will cover many practical aspects of forensic science.
Another project implemented by ENFSI in the form of Monopoly, MP2013, is dedicated to the European vision of Forensic Science in 2020 (Project entitled: “Towards the Vision for European Forensic Science 2020”). It was officially launched on 1 January 2015 and will last two years. It shall result in the development of forensic databases, including inflammable substances. The project teams shall also develop a proficiency test in fingerprints and create a computer software for the calculation of the probability of supportive studies of DNA. The project is implemented by 18 entities, mostly the Members of ENFSI. Their actions are additionally supported by partners from European universities.