SESSION 11 - CBRNe investigation and forensic

This session will host presentations based on the following description.


CBRNe attacks, as any other crime scene, require a first aid intervention to save human lives and to ensure the safety of first responders, too. Secondarily, there is the need to recover the corpses, or their fragments, and to conduct an analysis of the victims to obtain their identification. The corpses or their remains are usually stored in cooled units or morgues where the analyses are performed. Three strategies are the most common and are suitable for specific cases: fingerprint analysis, the odontology approach, and DNA typing. 

Moreover, a novel research field is focused on the harmonization of techniques involved in the detection, collection, and analysis of CBRNe samples and forensic requirements in terms, for example, of evidence collection and preservation, chain of custody, sample storage and results in reliability. This last issue is crucial to utilize laboratory results both as legal proof in Courtrooms and in international disputes. 

Starting from a CBRNe scenario, this session aims at providing up-to-date knowledge and experience in: 

  • DVI issues, with a multi-disciplinary approach (first responders' point of view, forensic pathology, forensic genetics, forensic chemistry, physical anthropology, etc.); 
  • crime scene investigation (evidence documentation and collection) 
  • sample analysis in accredited (e.g., ISO/IEC 17025) and designated laboratories (e.g., by OPCW).  

This session will host the work of the experts that will reflect those concepts.

Keywords: CBRNe scene vs Crime scene, Evidence collection, Accredited laboratories, Safety vs Security, Onus probandi in Courts and International disputes; designated laboratories; mass disasters; DVI units; Forensic Microbiology, Investigation, Forensic