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Welcome to the Forensic DNA Policy Board for Africa! Our mission is to draft a comprehensive framework for DNA legislation to be adopted by African countries seeking to develop DNA policies. Our goal is to enhance the utilisation of forensic DNA profiling in their respective criminal justice systems and for humanitarian purposes.


is to Advance Forensic DNA Profiling in African Criminal Justice and Humanitarian Efforts


The DNA POLICY BOARD comprises distinguished experts from diverse scientific disciplines, such as ethicists, social scientists, legal scholars, and forensic science experts, who contribute to its endeavors on a voluntary and honorary basis.

The DNA POLICY BOARD has convened to draft generic DNA policy, legal, and regulatory frameworks to inform DNA legislation across Africa. By offering a regulatory foundation, the Board aims to empower African countries to develop their own DNA policies, laws, and regulations. This will enhance the use of forensic DNA in their criminal justice systems and humanitarian initiatives.

The DNA POLICY BOARD hopes that by building onto this repository of knowledge it will serve as a valuable tool for policymakers, offering access to information, research findings, and best practices from various regions and disciplines. By leveraging these resources, regions can tailor their policies to address specific challenges, meet local needs, and promote sustainable forensic platforms and development.



to Develop a Forensic DNA Legislative Framework and Policy for Africa

If you are seeking a research topic and a reputable academic institution to pursue a PhD, an excellent opportunity awaits through the collaboration between the Forensic DNA Policy Board: Africa (FDPBA) and Northumbria University.


The successful candidate will be required to develop a DNA legislative framework and policy document that will be presented to the African Union for review and adoption by AU member states. The research will contribute to the protection of public security, human rights, and privacy by providing guidelines for the collection, analysis, storage, use, and destruction of DNA samples/data.


Additionally, the research will enhance cross-border cooperation in criminal investigations by establishing a common DNA database exchange system, similar to the EU Prüm framework. Finally, the research will highlight the challenges and opportunities of implementing a legal framework and policy for the use of forensic DNA in Africa.

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