Asian Forensic Sciences Network

The 15th ASIAN FORENSIC SCIENCES NETWORK (AFSN)
Annual Meeting & Symposium

Gathering all forensic scientists from all over Asia

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Asian Forensic Sciences Network

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The vision we started
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we are here to act in every country

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The vision we started
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we are here to act in every country

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Asian Forensic Sciences Network

In this age of globalization, cooperation and collaboration between regional countries become of utmost importance. This is particularly where crimes and criminal activities are no longer limited by physical borders. In the last three decades, numerous forensic science networks have been formed in the various regions of the world, and these include the formation of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) in 1974 for America, the Senior Managers of Australian and New Zealand Forensic Laboratories (SMANZFL) in 1986 for Australia and New Zealand, the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) in 1995 for Europe, and

the Academia Iberoamericana De Criminalistica Y Estudios Forenses (AICEF) in 2004 for Latin America, Spain and Portugal. In Asia, although there was no formal network before the formation of the Asian Forensic Sciences Network (AFSN), various cooperation and collaboration were evident. An annual regional newsletter DrugNetAsia has been published as a result of a regional Consultative Meeting of the Heads of Drug Testing Laboratories in Southeast Asia organized by UNDCP (the previous name for UNODC) which was held in Hong Kong SAR in 1999. This newsletter has served as a platform for information sharing among the drug testing laboratories in the region. In 2006, a regional DNA Symposium on Forensic DNA and Population Statistics Workshop was held in Singapore which featured leading forensic experts from the United States, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam. In 2007, a regional Forensic DNA Profiling Workgroup was formed due to the need to share information after the 2004 tsunami. In the same year, Dr Barbara Remberg of UNODC put forward the idea of forming a regional network during a regional UNODC project workshop on precursors and illicit drugs. In October 2008, representatives from six national forensic institutes in the region converged in Singapore to discuss the issue on the formation of a regional forensic science network. The six institutes are: Department of Scientific Services, Brunei Darussalam; Department of Chemistry, Malaysia; National Bureau of Investigation, Philippines; Central Institute of Forensic Science, Thailand; Forensic Science Institute, Vietnam and Health Sciences Authority, Singapore. Dr Barbara Remberg of UNODC and Prof Jose Lorente, International Liaison Officer of AICEF were also present at the meeting. This meeting gave birth to Asian Forensic Sciences Network (AFSN) which will henceforth serve as a collective representation for the forensic science community in Asia.

Purpose of AFSN


To provide a forum for forensic science institutes in Asia for discussion on issues relating to forensic services.
⚫ To enhance the quality of forensic services in Asia through expert working groups, training, collaborative studies, proficiency tests and accreditation.
⚫ To establish links with other similar networks for the promotion and advancement of forensic science.
⚫ To formulate strategies relating to forensic science issues in Asia.

Asian Forensic Sciences Network

From 70 member institutes from 18 countries of Asia

The Asian Forensic Sciences Network (AFSN) was formed in 2008 with the purpose of having a platform for forensic scientists in Asia to come together to discuss, share, and advance forensic science. We have grown from 6 member institutes from 6 countries in 2008 to 70 member institutes from 18 countries (as at June 2023). Currently, AFSN has 9 technical workgroups (Crime Scene Investigation, Digital Forensics, DNA, Fingerprint, Forensic Medicine, Illicit Drugs, Toxicology, Trace Evidence, Questioned Document) and a Quality Assurance and Standards Committee. AFSN holds an annual meeting every year for its members.


Latest Activities

Recent Activity

AFSN & APMLA THAILAND 2024


Bridging Forensic, Humanitarian, and Techonological Progress
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Webinar for the AFSN Community


Participants will learn how to effectively use INTERPOL biometric databases and related services. Participants will also develop a deeper understanding of the importance of international biometric data exchange in order to prevent, detect and investigate transnational crime.
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OUR REGIONS IN ASIA

Pioneer Member Institutes

Department of Scientific Services, Brunei Darussalam; Department of Chemistry, Malaysia; National Bureau of Investigation, Philippines; Central Institute of Forensic Science, Thailand; Forensic Science Institute, Vietnam and Health Sciences Authority, Singapore

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