Ministry of the
Solicitor General

CFS - Chemistry Services at a Glance

Centre of Forensic Sciences - Chemistry

Chemistry Section

Forensic Services at a Glance

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Chemical Identifcation and Comparison

  • identification of unknown solids and liquids 
  • ​identification of dangerous or toxic materials in food products

Dye-pack Dye

  • identification of dye-pack dye from bank security devices on items such as currency, clothing, swabs


  • analysis of all types of explosives and post-blast debris including device components


  • identification and comparison of fibres from clothing, carpeting, rope, vehicles and other objects 

Fire Evidence

  • analysis of fire debris and other items for the presence of ignitable liquids such as petroleum products, alcohols, solvents, oils


  • comparison of recovered glass with broken glass from a scene
  • glass type determination
  • fracture analysis and direction of impact

Gunshot Residue

  • examination of hand kits, clothing and vehicles for gun shot residue particles


  • analysis of human and animal hair
  • assessment as to suitability for DNA testing


  • identification of pepper spray, tear gas, mace in dispensers and on items such as clothing, towels, swabs


  • identification and comparison of all types of metals including alloys, steels, precious metals 


  • comparison of recovered paint chips and smears with paint from a known origin
  • vehicle make/model/year determination in hit-and-run investigations

Physical Match

  • examination of broken, cut or torn materials to determine if they were once part of the same object 

Plastics and Polymers 

  • identification and comparison of all types of plastics e.g., car parts, foams, glues 

Sexual Lubricants 

  • analysis of condom and personal lubricants on swabs and clothing 


  • examination of tapes including duct tape, electrical tape and tape adhesives 
  • physical matching of tape ends 

Textile Damage Assessment 

  • determination of type of damage and possible implement used

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