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Standardisation of DNA Profiling Techniques in the European Union

Objective



DNA profiling has become a standard technique in criminal investigations, since results can be obtained from any source of biological material provided it contains nucleated cells with genomic DNA. Due to the rapid progress in the field during the last ten years, parallel developments of methods as well as typing systems have been made in the laboratories involved in forensic DNA profiling. This has resulted in heterogeneity of typing procedures as well as genetic systems used for forensic casework within the European Union. However, intercomparison of DNA typing results becomes not only desirable, but absolutely necessary within Europe as mobile serial offenders will not detected by DNA profiling unless methods are standardized. Based on cooperative structures which have been already established independently among the network partners, the objectives of the stadnap network are to (1) define criteria for the selection of forensic typing systems based on the PCR technique suitable for European standardization, (2) evaluate PCR systems for forensic stain typing, (3) exchange and compare methods for the harmonization of typing protocols, (4) carry out exercises for intercomparison of forensic typing results, (5) recommend reference PCR typing systems for European standardization, (6) exchange data for compilation of reterence frenquency databases for the European populations. This will be achieved by the coordinated effort of 20 network partners as well as industrial consultants by organizing regular biannual meetings as well as practical collaborative exercices. Technology tranfer will be carried out and exchange of personne will be encouraged within the framework of the EU fellowwship programmes.

Funding Scheme

THN - Thematic network contracts

Coordinator

Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
Address
S/n,san Fransisco
15705 Santiago De Compostela
Spain

Participants (19)

Bundeskriminalamt
Germany
Address
11,Thaerstrasse
65193 Wiesbaden
Hellenic Police
Greece
Address
14,Sevastopoulos Street
11526 Athens
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE CRIMINALISTIQUE ET DE CRIMINOLOGIE
Belgium
Address
98-100,Chaussee De Vilvorde 98-100
1210 Bruxelles
Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz
Germany
Address
3,Am Pulverturm
55131 Mainz
Københavns Universitet
Denmark
Address
10,Nørregade
1017 København K
Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck
Austria
Address
44,Mullerstrasse
6020 Innsbruck
MINISTRY OF JUSTICE
Ireland
Address
Phoenix Park, Garda Headquarters
8 Dublin
Ministerie van Justitie
Netherlands
Address
17,Volmerlaan
2288 GD Rijswijk
Ministry of Justice
Sweden
Address
Olaus Magnusvaeg
581 94 Linköping
Ministére de l'Intérieur
France
Address
3,Quai De L'horloge Paris
75001 Paris
NATIONAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
Finland
Address
4,Jokiniemenkatu 4
01370 Vantaa
QUEEN MARY AND WESTFIELD COLLEGE - ST. BARTHOLOMEWS & THE ROYAL LONDON SCHOOL OF MEDICINE & DENTISTRY
United Kingdom
Address
Miles End Road
E1 4NS London
THE FORENSIC SCIENCE SERVICE
United Kingdom
Address
Gooch Street North
B5 6QQ Birmingham
Universidade de Coimbra
Portugal
Address
Largo Da Se Nova
3000 Coimbra
University of Oslo
Norway
Address

0027 Oslo
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Italy
Address
Largo Francesco Vito 1
00168 Roma
Universität Zürich
Switzerland
Address
190,Winterthurestrasse
8057 Zürich
Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg 1
France
Address
11,Rue Humann
67085 Strasbourg
Westfälische Wilhelms - Universität Münster
Germany
Address
86,Von Esmarch Strasse
48149 Münster