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Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation

Project 057: Strengthening crime scene forensics capabilities in investigating CBRN incidents in the South East and Eastern Europe region


Protection of the population against the harmful impact of CBRN substances, either being released by malevolent/terrorist actions or through accidents or natural hazards is becoming an increasingly important subject requiring the governments' attention in the EU and internationally. Numerous actions by sovereign states as well as international organizations have been planned and are implemented to enhance security, increase barriers to terrorist groups' gaining access to material but also to strengthen the legal framework including export control and other measures. In many developed countries CBRN preparedness is implemented as a matter of security arrangements reflecting resources available to various national agencies and bodies. In developing countries the situation is more challenging: While many are committed and would like to enhance national and with this contribute to international security, resources and expertise might not be available.

Overall objective

To strengthen forensic capabilities for CBRN materials and incidents in all participating Partner countries.

Specific objectives

  1. To develop a training system on forensic investigations in CBRN-related cases;
  2. To foster the establishment of networks of CBRN and forensics-related institutions and networks of forensics experts dealing with CBRN-related investigations at the sub-regional level.


  1. Provide training on a broad field of expertise with respect to CBRN forensics by world-class forensics investigators;
  2. Develop and execute exercises to test both equipment and skills of the trained forensic experts;
  3. Organise study visits to relevant national and international bodies in CBRN forensics.


  • Development of a training system for forensic investigation in CBRN-related cases;
  • Fostered the establishment of networks of CBRN and forensics-related institutions and networks of forensics experts dealing with investigations at the sub-regional level;
  • Some Partner countries developed and integrated SOPs in the field of CBRN forensics at the governmental and ministerial levels, which will allow countries to readily deploy them in the future;
  • Several partner countries integrated training courses developed during the project as part of their training curricula within their respective Police Academies.
CBRN areas
  • Investigation and prosecution
CBRN categories
  • Chemical
  • Biological
  • Radiological
  • Nuclear
CoE Region
  • SEEE - South East and Eastern Europe
9 APRIL 2024
Project 057 Factsheet



European Commission


Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) (RIVM)


Centar za forenzična ispitivanja, istraživanja i vještačenja Ivan Vučetić (Forensic Science Centre Ivan Vucetic)


This project is part of a pre-existing EU activity in the regions and has not resulted from the submission of a CoE project proposal. Due to the different origin of the project, not all countries involved are CoE partner countries.

** This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

*** This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of the Member States on this issue.