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The safety and stability of the private and public enterprises is based on the trust in documents. The written contracts (agreements, certifi cates, licenses, invoices, bills) represent the legal rights and obligations which provide the social order. The crime against documents (forgery, alteration, illegal modifi cations) undermines the fundaments of society, aff ecting government institutions (e.g. treasury and customs documents, resolutions and decisions of administrative records, diplomas), citizens (e.g. wills, civil contracts, bills) and business (e.g. economic agreements, fi nancial and accounting documents, etc.). It is the expert`s task to investigate the authenticity of documents, and this job requires proper tools (equipment).

The problem of forensic document examination, despite the development of electronic media, does not lose its importance. On the contrary, the progress in printing technology makes examining documents a highly complicated task to fi nd the subtle evidence of forgery or counterfeiting. More complex procedures and advanced equipment are needed to investigate the cases of alterations, additions, erasures, obliterations, abuse of in blanco signature etc.

To address the above issues, a scientifi c and industrial consortium that specializes in the development of methods and equipment for forensic examination of documents has been organized.