The Project “Strengthening and Modernizing the Forensic Services in Kosovo” brings together national and international experts in forensic medicine and toxicology, anthropology, archaeology and related disciplines.

Through this Project the Ministry of Justice aims to strengthen the forensic services at the Institute of Forensic Medicine (IFM) under its administration. The work concentrates on developing technical and human capacities, strengthening also the administrative structures of the IFM. The Project assists the Institute to become fully operational and apply European and international standards and best practices in its work.

Enhancement of institutional cooperation at the national level in addition to participation of the IFM in the EU forensic networks and forensic science community are important parts of the activities. Access to international data bases, eBook libraries and eJournals guarantees updated information of the rapid developments in forensic methods. Purchasing new equipment and instruments, including IT equipment for the staff, will improve the working conditions and diminish the occupational health and safety hazards in the future.

The implementation of a comprehensive Training Programme within the Project was initiated in June 2014. Training is mainly targeted to the IFM staff but is also open to other actors in forensic service system in Kosovo. The training has been well received by local experts. The Training Programme has been designed bearing in mind the future challenges when the tasks of EULEX will be handed over to the IFM.

Raising awareness on issues related to forensic medicine among all actors as well as among media and public is one of the goals of the Project. The high level conference ´Missing Persons – Way Forward´ held on 8th September, 2015, brought together internationally acknowledged experts, having long and extensive experience of jurisprudence, human rights, forensic science and investigations in several countries.

The Project is managed by the EU Office in Kosovo and funded through the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA), by which the EU supports reforms in the enlargement countries with financial and technical help. The IPA funds build up the capacities of the countries throughout the accession process, resulting in progressive, positive developments in the region. This Project supports the general law enforcement and transparent juridical systems and continues the EU assistance to Kosovo in strengthening the institutional capacity in the rule of law sector.


NAME   Strengthening and Modernizing the Forensic Services in Kosovo
Duration   36 months, starting  from 10 February 2014
Value   999,970 Euros
Implemented by   National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and Department of Forensic

Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland

Beneficiary   Ministry of Justice,

Institute of Forensic Medicine (IFM)

Main Locations of Activity   Pristina, Kosovo wide
Objectives   The overall objective of the project is to support Kosovo authorities to strengthen the rule of law enforcement and transparent judicial system, with a focus on forensic medicine services.

The purpose of the project is to strengthen and modernize the forensic services at the Institute of Forensic Medicine (IFM), including Missing Persons Operation, by enhancing its technical and administrative capacity.

Results   1. IFM has fully operational administrative and organizational structure that provides forensic services and investigative assistance throughout Kosovo in a professional and efficient manner;

2. IFM staff is capable to deliver forensic services as defined in the legislation;

3. Judges, prosecutors, defence counsels, police and civil society contribute towards enhancing the quality of forensic medicine in Kosovo;

4. IFM is part of the EU forensic networks and community

Main Activities   Comprehensive training and capacity building of the IFM-staff;

Introduction of internationally recognized standards, recommendations  and

best practices in forensic  medicine;

Enhancement of national and regional collaboration in forensic medicine.

Final Beneficiaries   IFM staff, Kosovo Police, judges and prosecutors, health service institutions, the families of the victims/missing persons related to armed conflict in Kosovo and its immediate aftermath
CONTACTS   European Union Office in Kosovo



tel: + 381 38 513 1212

    Project Office in Kosovo

Dr. SINIKKA SALO, Team Leader


tel: + 386 49 166 062


THL headquarters in Finland

Mr JUHA RUMPUNEN, Project Director


tel: +358 29 524 7258


This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of THL and Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Helsinki and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union

July 2016