On Monday, 13th of September 2021, 246 copies of the book ‘Guidance for conducting interlaboratory collaborative exercises for the study of psychoactive substances, by the Ukrainian Drug Research Working Group (UDR WG)’, which were printed by EU-ACT in Ukrainian and English languages, have been handed over to the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, in Kiev, for a later distribution amongst all members of the UDR WG.
The books have been received by Anna Shemet, Head of the Expert Group on Circulation of Narcotic Drugs at the Directorate of Pharmaceutical Supply, Ministry of Health of Ukraine.
On 15 June 2021 a high-level meeting of the ‘Ukrainian Drug Research Working Group’ (UDR WG) took place in Kiev, organised by the, then, EU-ACT Project Regional Coordinator in Ukraine, José Manuel Colodrás. That was the last meeting of the UDR WG organised by EU-ACT, as the EU-ACT Project closured its office in Ukraine on the 30th of June 2021.
Driven by the EU-ACT Regional Office in Kiev, the UDR WG has been active since the beginning of 2019.
The UDR WG is working on improving the existing protocols and regulations about psychoactive substances and their precursors; firstly, grouping those substances by their chemical structure and biochemical effects, following EU best practices (Poland and Germany experience).
It is also working on changing the Ukrainian legislation to enable the circulation of drug samples to perform training practices amongst forensic laboratories and law enforcement agencies drug training departments.
The UDR WG has participated in drafting the Ukrainian State Drug Policy document strategy.
Furthermore, with the support of the Ministry of Health, they are contributing to the establishment of a ‘National Drug Early Warning System (EWS)’, which could become part of the European Union Early Warning System (EWS) on New Psychoactive Substances (NPS). This EWS will provide a quick procedure to enlist new psychoactive substances in Ukraine.
But, perhaps, the most relevant activity of this group has been the implementation of one annual interagency and interlaboratory collaborative exercise since 2019. The Kyiv Forensic Institute of Expertise of the Ministry of Justice takes the leading role in organising this activity.
Jointly with EU-ACT forensic experts, the UDR WG has written a guidance to perform this type of exercises adapted to Ukraine.
This Ukrainian ‘Drug Research Working Group guidance for conducting interlaboratory collaborative exercises for the study of psychoactive substances’ has been printed by EU-ACT, in two versions, Ukrainian and English, and handed over to the Ministry of Health of Ukraine for distribution amongst all members of the UDR WG during the next meeting of this working group.