Publication date 16.05.2019

On 14—16 May 2019 the 30th International Interpol DVI Conference devoted to the latest techniques in identifying disaster victims took place in the Interpol Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore. The Central Forensic Laboratory of the Police was represented by capt. Magdalena Jabłońska PhD from the Biology Department of CFLP, who participated in the activities of the Interpol DVI forensic genetics working group.

The Conference was attended by 250 experts in forensics and DVI from around the world and it was the largest global DVI conference in INTERPOL’s history.  The leading subject of presentations was related to the DVI groups experience gathered during the largest disasters that have occurred recently. The Interpol Incident Response Team presented its report on the identification of the victims of the plane crash in Ethiopia in March 2019 and the Indonesian passenger plane crash in 2018. Other lecturers discussed the use of equipment for rapid DNA analysis, which was used to support the wildland fire operations in Northern California in 2018 and the post mortem examination performed by Brazilian DVI team in relation to the natural disaster at the iron ore mine in Brumadinho.  During the three days of the Conference, a special emphasis was given to the organization of the identification procedures at the scene of a disaster and the necessity of conducting regular trainings for DVI teams. Other topics discussed included the role of the main identification methods, such as genetic testing, fingerprint examination and odontological examination,  in the process of  disaster victims identification.