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In the National Bureau of Expertises was held the First Videoconference with Madrid

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On December 19 the National Bureau of Expertises for the first time held a webinar on "Current issues of Forensic Toxicology", with the Spanish National Institute of Toxicology and Forensic Science, which is a partner organization of the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI). It is one of the largest expert organizations in Spain consisting of 4 branches, the head unit is located in Madrid.

From the Armenian side the videoconference was attended by the employees of the chemical, toxicological and biomedical departments of the National Bureau of Expertises, led by its director Dr. Artashes Javadyan and deputy director  Dr. Patvakan Voskanyan.

The participants from  Spanish side were Dr. Maria Antonia Martinez - chair of the session and advisor providing by e-mail a collection of papers regarding the discussed topics,  as well as Dr. Oscar Quintela  and Dr Elena Almarza.

The meeting participants discussed the current stage of the common problems of forensic toxicology. At the same time, the experts raised urgent questions that were previously submitted to the Spanish experts, which allowed us to carry out substantive bilateral discussions.

The range of issues was extensive, about a dozen topics ranging from detection and identification of narcotic, psychotropic, psychoactive substances, including toxic substances etc., in living persons habitats and cadaveric material and other topics connected with theoretical and practical issues of cooperation within the "Horizon 2020" program.

Our specialists were interested in the techniques and methodology applied by the Spanish colleagues.  All the questions received concise but complete answers.

It should be noted that an agreement was reached on more detailed exchange of information on a number of issues by active correspondence.

The series of webinars will be continued in 2017.

The employees of the NBE took part in the international scientific and practical conference on ″Criminal law, criminological and forensic aspects of fight against drug trafficking″

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From 11 to 13 2016 International scientific and practical conference on ″Criminal law, criminological and forensic aspects of fight against drug trafficking″ took place in the Educational complex of the police of the Republic of Armenia (RA). The conference was attended by the representatives from 11 police higher educational institutions of Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, the Republic of Poland, Belarus, as well as representatives of the General Department on Combating Organized Crime of RA, General Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Armenia.

National Security Services of Armenia, the RA Criminal Executive Service of the Ministry of Justice, National Bureau of Expertise (NBE) of RA and Republican Narcological Center.

The National Bureau of Expertises was represented by Deputy Director Patvakan Voskanyan, head of the department of Physical Technical Examinations and Chemical Expertises Karen Gharajyan.

On the first day of the conference the opening ceremony of the International scientific-practical conference was held at the Educational complex of the police of the Republic of Armenia. Then, a welcoming speech was made by the Head of the RA Police Educational Complex general-lieutenant Hovhannes Varyan, who also delivered a welcome address by the Chief of the RA Police, general-lieutenant Vladimir Gasparyan.

18 reports were heard in the course of the conference, which will be later included in the upcoming publication of the second issue of the scientific-methodical journal "Bulwark of law" of the RA Police Educational Complex. The topics of the reports presented at the conference covered a wide range of issues related to the international cooperation in the sphere of the fight against drug trafficking, the state and prospects for countering drug-related crime in the countries participating in the conference, the criminal law aspects of the fight against smuggling of drugs, factors determining narcotization, their place in the mechanism of protection of minors and young people from drug addiction, diagnostic techniques and monitoring of the drug situation in a comprehensive environment, etc ..

It is necessary to emphasize the active participation of representative of the National Bureau of Expertises in the above mentioned conference. In particular, the head of the department of Physical Technical Examinations and Chemical Expertises Karen Gharajyan made a speech in a midday session of the conference with a plenary report on ″Improvement and implementation of the methodology of the expert studies and herbal smoking blends containing therein, the most common synthetic cannabinoids″ made in the afternoon session of the conference with a keynote address on the theme "Improving the implementation of the methodology and expert research and herbal smoking mixtures and the most common synthetic cannabinoids containing in them".

The report generated great interest, as it was dedicated to the new technological approaches, based on the use of modern analytical equipment, a unique technique for the detection of synthetic cannabinoids in herbal smoking blends - the spices.

During the closing ceremony of the International scientific-practical conference a number of active participants were awarded with diplomas of the RA Police Educational Complex and NBE participant Karen Gharajyan was one of them.

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