UNODC supports development and implementation of quality management system in the Kyrgyz center of the state forensic examinations

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Today, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Kyrgyzstan awarded fourteen employees of the State Forensics Centre (SFC) under the Kyrgyz Ministry of Justice with internationally recognized certificates as the result of their participation at the high-quality foundation course “effective quality management system ISO 17025” held on 23 - 25 November 2016, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

The course aimed at building the capacity of the forensics expertise staff on quality management system ISO 17025. During the course, participants studied the requirements of the international standard and practical lessons learned on how to develop the documentation of the quality management standards as well as the stages of development, and implementation of the system.

According to Aida Kadyrova, deputy head of the State Forensics Centre, “Kyrgyzstan introduced changes to the Law on forensic activities, article 13, which says that all public and private expert organizations must pass international accreditation. Today, we can proudly say that the experts of the State Forensics Centre can conduct the forensic expertise in accordance with international standards which is highly valued in other countries.”

“Since 2014, UNODC assists the State Forensic Centre to strengthen its capacity”, said Vera Tkachenko, head of the UNODC Criminal Justice Programme in Central Asia. “During this period, a number of important documents were developed and adopted such as: the Concept of the State Forensic Centre development for the period of 2015-2018; action plan for SFC to pass accreditation and a sub-committee on forensic activities was established in the Kyrgyz Accreditation Centre under the Kyrgyz Ministry of economy to reconcile actions aimed at improving the quality of further conducted expertise”.

UNODC works in close co-operation with the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic on the implementation of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia 2015-2019. Strengthening forensic services is a key priority of this Programme. UNODC’s assistance in this area is made possible by the generous support of the Government of the United States of America.