There are many forensic institutions around the world to promote (development) quality, the advancement of science and exchange. Through organized associations, it is possible for the members of the various subject areas to exchange views on the latest problems and to inform themselves about new developments in research. For the continuous development of scientific standards, there are world-renowned organizations that face the challenges of forensics in order to contribute to general forensic education.
The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) was founded in 1948 and represents the 50 states of America and Canada, representing 70 countries worldwide. With over 7000 members, it is one of the largest associations.
The Academia Iberoamericana de Criminalistica y Estudios Forenses (AICEF) is the forensic institute for 17 countries in Central and South America.
The Southern Africa Regional Forensic Science Network (SARF) is the responsible institute for continent Africa.
Since 2008, there is also a network of different institutions in Asia: the Asian Forensic Sciences Network (AFSN) has organizations from 16 different Asian countries.
The Australian & New Zealand Forensic Society (ANZFSS), founded in 1971, consists of all the states and territories of Australia and New Zealand. The European Network of Forensic Science institutes (ENFSI) is a Europe-wide leading organization that unites 36 different countries. Of the 17 working groups, the European Fingerprint Working Group (EFP-WG) is of particular interest to us, as it deals with the topic of fingerprints.
In 2016, German eForensics participated in Ireland where we were able to contribute our latest research results.