Main tasks and aims
The duty of the Hungarian Institute for Forensic Sciences as a national task, is to provide forensic expert opinions upon appointment, in cases where the probative proceedings are obligatory or possible by law in authority proceeding. HIFS is also able to provide expert on orders of other officials.
Predecessors of the Hungarian Institute for Forensic Sciences
The Hungarian Institute for Forensic Sciences came into existence in 2017 based upon the merger of the two previous hungarian expert institute, the former Hungarian Institute for Forensic Sciences (Bűnügyi Szakértői és Kutatóintézet) and the Network of Forensic Sciences Institutes (Igazságügyi Szakértői és Kutató Intézetek).
The organisational concept behind the merger was to unite the advantages of the different leading systems of the former institutes (regional management and central staff in NFSI and the managment system based on field of expertise in HIFS).
The supervisor organisation of HIFS is the Ministry of Interior, in association with the Ministry of Justice and the National Police Headquarters.
Premises - regional institutes and laboratories
Besides the Headquarters with 10 central departments in Budapest, HIFS operates 11 regional institutes covering Hungary in its entirety, to provide swift, high quality and professional forensic services.
A network of regional drug laboratories and blood alcohol laboratories operate within the confines of the organization.
HIFS currently employs a total of 711 employees – including 243 forensic experts and 47 forensic expert candidates.