The National Measurement Institute’s (NMI) Australian Forensic Drug Laboratory (AFDL) is Australia’s pre-eminent facility for identifying:
We are the leading Australian laboratory for identifying novel psychoactive substances and Australia’s only dedicated drug profiling laboratory. We possess a breadth of expertise and scientific instrumentation not available elsewhere in Australia.
We provide analytical services and expert scientific advice to our major stakeholders:
Our scientists produce routine analytical results on border seizures for the AFP and ABF. This includes drugs, poisons and precursor chemicals including the high volume drugs such as methylamphetamine, heroin and cocaine.
Our services support Commonwealth and State and Territory law enforcement agencies and the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) and various State DPPs. Our work forms part of the briefs of evidence and must be able to withstand intense court scrutiny.
One of the biggest issues facing forensic scientists since the mid-2000s has been the emergence of the NPS class of drug. More than 600 new psychoactive substances have been discovered worldwide since this time.
We are world leaders in identifying NPS. We employ sophisticated technologies for molecular structure elucidation to identify drugs that had never been encountered before. These technologies include:
We are the only forensic facility in Australia and one of only a handful in the world to provide a comprehensive drug profiling program. The Australian Illicit Drug Intelligence Program (AIDIP) assists national and international law enforcement agencies by providing intelligence that helps to disrupt the diversion of legitimate industrial chemicals for illegitimate precursor chemical use.
AIDIP is a collaboration between the AFP and the NMI. It also collaborates with international organisations such as:
The AFP’s program disrupts drug manufacture and trafficking. It uses intelligence to identify the:
Our laboratory uses complex scientific instrumentation, including:
AIDIP has been in operation for 15 years and is harmonised with the US DEA. It covers a range of high volume trafficked drugs including heroin, cocaine, methylamphetamine, pseudoephedrine and ‘Ecstasy’ (MDMA). Sharing intelligence with the US DEA—in particular their database of authentic drug sample—has made these important programs possible:
AFDL scientists and university students carry out research that underpins our drug profiling program. The research is always designed with a focus on law enforcement benefit. Students from local universities obtain placements within the AFDL that lead to Honours degrees, MSc and PhD degrees.
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Last updated: 8 December 2020
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