What is STADNAP ?
"Standardization of DNA Profiling Techniques in the
(Contract No. SMT4 CT97-7506 of the
Programme "Standards, Measurement & Testing")
DNA profiling has become a standard technique in criminal investigations,
since results can be obtained from any source of biological material provided
it contains nucleated cells with genomic DNA. Due to the rapid progress
in the field during the last ten years, parallel developments of methods
as well as typing systems have been made in the laboratories involved in
forensic DNA profiling. This has resulted in heterogeneity of typing procedures
as well as genetic systems used for forensic casework within the European
Union. However, intercomparison of DNA typing results becomes not only
desirable, but absolutely necessary within Europe as mobile serial offenders
will not be detected by DNA profiling unless methods are standardized.
Based on cooperative structures which have been already established independently
among the network partners, the objectives of the STADNAP network are to
define criteria for the selection of forensic typing systems
based on the PCR technique suitable for European standardization,
evaluate PCR systems for forensic stain typing,
exchange and compare methods for the harmonization of typing protocols,
carry out exercises for intercomparison of forensic typing results,
recommend reference PCR typing systems for European standardization,
exchange data for compilation of reference frequency databases for
the European populations.
This will be achieved by the coordinated effort of 20
network partners as well as industrial consultants by organizing regular
bi-annual meeetings as well as practical collaborative exercises. Technology
transfer will be carried out and exchange of personnel will be encouraged
within the framework of the EU fellowship programmes.