Capacity Building of Forensic Experts

Project completed

The project aims at improving the capacities of forensic experts in Bulgaria in order to comply with the European standards EA ISO / IEC 17025 in the field of forensic investigations.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Enhanced security and safety
15.09.2012 - 30.06.2018
CHF  1’000’000

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.

Target groups

Forensic experts and law enforcement officials

  • Establish a center for forensic expert training situated in the Academy MoI
  • Exchange of expertise with the Swiss Partner (study visits, workshops)
  • Design and introduce new curriculum and related educational documentation for forensic expert training
  • Purchase of new equipment allowing better reliability and speediness of DNA analysis are purchased and put in operation



Achieved results:  

  • Clear outline of the actual legal framework and existing gaps elaborated
  • Overall improvement in professional training of the forensic experts of the Ministry of the Interior, the Research Institute on Forensic Science and Criminology (RIFSC) is enabled to work more efficiently and according to European standards as its technical capacity to investigate material traces of crime scenes has been substantially improved
  • New forensic training centre with modern facilities and equipment
  • Upgraded training program with new curriculum and related educational documentation and manuals
  • The RIFSC has been certified according to ISO/IEC 17025 in the field of DNA and Trace Marks and Ballistics examinations

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
Private sector

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    1’000’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    0 Budget inclusive project partner CHF    1’176’470
Project phases Phase 10 01.07.2014 - 31.05.2019   (Completed)

Phase 2 15.09.2012 - 30.09.2017   (Completed)

Phase 1 01.09.2012 - 30.06.2016   (Completed) Phase 1 15.09.2012 - 31.12.2017   (Completed) Phase 1 15.09.2012 - 31.03.2018   (Completed) Phase 1 01.07.2013 - 30.06.2018   (Completed) Phase 1 01.07.2013 - 31.12.2017   (Completed) Phase 1 01.04.2014 - 30.09.2018   (Completed) Phase 1 01.05.2014 - 31.12.2017   (Completed)