Visit to CEPOL

In January, the NRGD visited CEPOL, the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training, to discuss possibilities of cooperation in the field of forensic science quality assurance.

Board members Mr. Eric Bakker and Mr. Remco van Tooren and senior policy officer Ms. Esther van Ruth were received by Mr. Ferenc Bánfi, CEPOL Executive Director, Mr. Detlef Schröder, CEPOL Deputy Director, and Ms. Aija Kalnaja, Head of the Training and Research Unit. In a very constructive meeting, possibilities for cooperation were discussed to foster further developments concerning the EU action plan for a European forensic science area. Specifically items 4, forensic awareness and training of law enforcement and justice communities, and 5, stimulate accreditation and competence of forensic personnel on a voluntary basis, were discussed.