CBRN terrorism remains a real threat to European countries, one of the most important elements of this response is ensuring a successful court prosecution. The Generic Integrated Forensic Toolbox for CBRN incidents, or GIFT CBRN, consortium, funded under the Seventh Framework Programme of the EC, aims to develop a forensic toolbox for CBRN incidents that will be the most advanced in the world. The parties intend to further develop the investigative and analytical methods that are currently only used in a secure laboratory environment and instead allow them to be used at the scene of the crime. This means ensuring not only that delicate equipment can be transported to a remote location, but that it is also able to withstand the problems of a CBRN environment; such as decontamination. Through the cooperation of Europe-wide CBRN research agencies, first responders, industrialists and subject matter experts the toolbox will provide enhanced capability in three areas of CBRN forensics;
1. Procedures, sampling methods and detection of CBRN agents at the crime scene,
2. Traditional forensic laboratory methods for dealing with contaminated evidence,
3. Laboratory methods for profiling CBRN agents released at an incident.

Timeline for the project: 36 months, beginning in September 2014

Key deliverables:
• Development and training of a CBRN forensic curriculum
• Decontamination methods for evidence
• Novel approaches to latent fingerprint detection and recovery
• Best practices of CBRN forensic sampling
• Validation of investigation and analysis methods against European standards

European standards are essential, according to Ed van Zalen, the project coordinator based at the Netherlands Forensic Institute; “Fortunately, so-called CBRN incidents, such as terrorist attacks, hardly ever occur, if at all, in Europe. But when it happens, it is essential that any evidence be secured in a forensically responsible manner in order to establish the cause or find the perpetrators. A European standard helps.”

Notes for Editors:

The consortium consists of 21 parties, from nine different European countries. They are, in addition to the NFI (NL), Tyndall University (IRL), TNO (NL), RIVM (NL), M2L (UK), Falcon (UK), Fera (UK), AWE (UK), STUK (FIN), FOI (SWE), SKL (SWE), Analyzed IQ (IRL), NICC (BE), RMA (BE), Space Applications (BE), JRC-ITU (EC), CEA (FRA), Eticas (ESP), RAMEM (ESP), LQC (ESP), and NanoBiz (TUR).
The project is worth €5.5M
For further information contact Andrew.johnston@cbrneworld.com or +44 (0)1962 832531

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