Last week from April 13th to 15th in Dresden, Germany, the Final Meeting of the Proficiency Test (PT) on Forensic Determination of Shooting Distance (FDSD) of 2015 took place at the head office of QuoData.
The meeting was organized by QuoData on behalf of the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) Expert Working Group Firearms/GSR. The meeting was held as a wrap up for the international PT held last year. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the results of the PT and to review different laboratory methods for chemographical coloring. The meeting brought 25 forensic scientists from 11 different countries including Armenia, Belgium, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, the United States, Sweden and Switzerland.
In 2013 the basis for the PT was initiated as a EU-funded project. The aim of this project was to develop, prepare and realize an international PT scheme to address the determination of shooting distance. Last year was the first year that PT was run. QuoData was responsible for the planning and evaluation of the PT. Additionally, to assist participants, QuoData’s software team developed an online tool for the automatic distance determination.
To read about other PTs QuoData arranges such as the gunshot residues PT, please visit our website.
Left: group presentation of chemographical coloring method. Right : Dr. Ludwig Niewöhner addressing the participants.