Featured Publication, February 2019

GUIDELINES ON METHODS AND PROCEDURES FOR IVORY SAMPLING AND LABORATORY ANALYSIS, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (2014)

These Guidelines were prepared by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Laboratory and Scientific Section (LSS) and the Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime, Sustainable Livelihoods Unit (GPWLFC, SLU). The Guidelines reflect the discussions of, and contributions from, subject-matter experts who participated in an expert group meeting organized by UNODC, under the umbrella of the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC)
in Vienna, 4-6 December 2013.

These Guidelines were developed as a guide to best practices and procedures in order to ensure that appropriate methods and procedures are used throughout the entire investigation process so that forensic data collected is credible and admissible.  The Guidelines aim to facilitate the use of forensic science to the fullest extent possible in order to combat wildlife crime, and in particular, to combat the trade in illegal ivory.  They provide guidance on procedures and methodologies for ivory sampling and analysis by different laboratories with appropriate facilities, to support transnational criminal investigations and law enforcement operations.

It is hoped that the use of the Guidelines will lead to more timely, thorough and effective investigations, resulting in an increased number of successful prosecutions and a reduction in this illegal trade. The Guidelines cover the whole chain of custody, from the crime scene to the courtroom. The target audience ranges from first responders to the scene of the crime, crime scene investigators, law enforcement  officials, forensic scientists, prosecutors and the judiciary.

The full text of the Guidelines can be found here.

 

Author: DidiWamukoya

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