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Forensic Equipment and Supplies Market

Forensic Equipment and Supplies Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report, by Product, by Application, by End User : Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2024-2033

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Author's: Pritee Pawar | Roshan Deshmukh
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Forensic Equipment and Supplies Market Research, 2033

The global forensic equipment and supplies market size was valued at $8.1 billion in 2023, and is projected to reach $16.5 billion by 2033, growing at a CAGR of 7.3% from 2024 to 2033. Technological advancements in forensic science, such as improved DNA analysis, digital forensics, and toxicology, have significantly enhanced the accuracy and efficiency of criminal investigations, thereby boosting market growth.

Forensic Equipment and Supplies Market

Market Introduction and Definition 

Forensic equipment and supplies are the specialized tools, instruments and consumables used by forensic scientists and police to collect, analyze and preserve crime scene evidence for legal and investigative purposes. They encompass a wide range of items such as DNA analytical devices, fingerprint analysis gadgets, tools of forensic toxicology and ballistic analysis instrument. This includes reagents, fingerprint powders, evidence collection kits and DNA collection kits. The design of forensic equipment is made with accuracy, reliability and precision that ensures the investigators receive vital details in support of the court process. These developments significantly improved crime solution through forensics hence ensure thorough analysis of evidence that provides supportive information for criminal investigations to be presented in courts. 

Key Takeaways 

  • The forensic equipment and supplies market share study covers 20 countries. The research includes a segment analysis of each country in terms of value for the projected period. 

  • More than 1, 500 product literatures, industry releases, annual reports, and other such documents of major forensic supplies industry participants along with authentic industry journals, trade associations' releases, and government websites have been reviewed for generating high-value industry insights. 

  • The study integrated high-quality data, professional opinions and analysis, and critical independent perspectives. The research approach is intended to provide a balanced view of global markets and to assist stakeholders in making educated decisions in order to achieve their most ambitious growth objectives.

Key Market Dynamics 

The major factors driving the forensic equipment and supplies market growth include increasing demand for advanced and reliable forensic tools in criminal investigations, legal proceedings, and research. In addition, the rise in incidence of criminal activities and the growing complexity of crimes, which necessitate sophisticated forensic technologies to solve cases effectively thereby driving the forensic equipment market. As crime rates surge globally, law enforcement agencies and forensic laboratories are under pressure to enhance their capabilities in evidence collection, analysis, and interpretation. This demand fuels the continuous innovation and adoption of advanced forensic equipment, ensuring more accurate and timely results in investigations. 

Furthermore, rise in technological advancements such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) , liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC/MS) , Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) , Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) , and automated liquid handling systems has revolutionized forensic science which is expected to drive the growth during forensic equipment and supplies market forecast. These technologies offer higher sensitivity, precision, and speed, enabling forensic experts to analyze complex evidence more efficiently and accurately. The integration of digital forensics and cyber forensics, addressing the growing challenge of cybercrimes and digital evidence analysis which further boost the forensic equipment market growth. 

However, the use of forensic tools in handling sensitive personal information and genetic data raises ethical issues regarding consent, data security, and privacy rights. These concerns can lead to public skepticism and resistance to certain forensic practices, potentially influencing regulatory policies and slowing down market adoption. In contrast, advancement and integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies significantly enhance the efficiency and accuracy of forensic analyses by automating complex processes, identifying patterns, and providing predictive insights which offers lucrative forensic equipment and supplies market opportunity. 

Patent Analysis of Forensic Equipment and Supplies Market 

The data from World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) patent analysis for the period from 2020 to 2024 highlights the dominant position of China in patent filings, with a staggering 85.8% share. This overwhelming percentage reflects China's aggressive push in technological innovation and intellectual property. In contrast, the U.S. holds a meager 1.6%, indicating a significant gap between the two leading economies in patent activity. The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications account for 3.9%, showcasing international collaborations and filings. India, with 4.7%, shows emerging potential in innovation, followed by the Republic of Korea at 2.4%. Both the European Patent Office and the Russian Federation have minimal shares at 0.8% each. China indicates substantial research and innovation in forensic science, potentially leading to advanced forensic tools and equipment emerging from this region. The modest contributions from the U.S., Europe, and other regions suggest a more competitive and collaborative international market. 

Forensic Equipment and Supplies Market by

Market Segmentation 

The forensic equipment and supplies market size is segmented into product, application, end user, and region. On the basis of product, the market is categorized into instruments, reagents and consumables, low temperature storage devices, and evidence drying cabinets. As per application, the market is divided into drug testing and toxicology, DNA analysis, blood analysis, biometrics, and other applications. On the basis of end user, the market is classified into government forensic laboratories, independent forensic laboratories, and others. Region wise, it is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.  

Regional/Country Market Outlook 

North America and Europe have significant forensic equipment and supplies market share in market owing to well-established forensic infrastructure, robust regulatory standards, and substantial government funding drive market growth. The U.S., in particular, dominated the market due to its advanced forensic capabilities, extensive R&D activities, and high adoption of innovative technologies. In the Asia-Pacific region, rapid urbanization, and rise in awareness of forensic science drive market expansion. Countries such as China, Japan, India, and South Korea are witnessing significant investments in forensic laboratories, research facilities, and educational programs to strengthen forensic capabilities.  

  • The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023 reauthorized the U.S. Secret Service to continue operating the National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI) from 2023 to 2028. The NCFI provides training and equipment to state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges in cybercrime investigations and digital evidence. 

  • In September2023, The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) convening a roundtable discussion with forensic science thought leaders to identify and assess major challenges with respect to forensic science research and standardization in the U.S. The purpose of this endeavor will be to identify and assess the major challenges with respect to forensic science research and standardization in the U.S. 

  • According to data published by U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2023, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate partnered with the NIST Computer Forensic Tool Testing (CFTT) program to provide forensic tool testing reports to the public. 

Industry Trends

  • The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) introduced the Formula DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program to help forensic laboratories increase their capacity to process DNA samples by adding staff or upgrading equipment. This program aims to maximize the effective utilization of DNA technology to solve crimes and protect public safety. In 2023, a new Competitive CEBR program was introduced to further support the utilization of DNA technology in solving crimes and easing case backlogs in forensic labs across the country. 

  • As per the Data on Police Organization report, 2022 published by the Bureau of Police Research & Development, there are 32 State Forensic Science Laboratories (State FSLs) , 106 Regional Forensic Science Laboratories, and 552 Mobile Forensic Science Vehicles with States/ Union Territories. Apart from these, there are 7 Central  Forensic  Science  Laboratories  in  the  country  which,  inter-alia, supplement the task of forensic analysis of crime exhibits referred to them by States/ Central agencies, and also undertake R&D activities in forensics. 

Competitive Landscape 

The major players operating in the forensic equipment and supplies market include Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., PerkinElmer Inc., Agilent Technologies, Inc., Danaher Corporation, Waters Corporation, Air Science, BVDA International, Safariland, LLC., Illumina, Inc, and HORIBA, Ltd. Other players in forensic equipment and supplies Market includes Lumatec, Aorangi Forensic Supplies Ltd, and so on.

Recent Key Strategies and Development in  Forensic Equipment and Supplies Industry

  • In June 2020, The Safariland Group, a leading provider of safety and survivability products for the public safety, professional and outdoor markets, announced that it has entered into an agreement to divest Defense Technology and Monadnock, the Company’s business segments that provide various crowd control solutions, including chemical agents, munitions and batons, to law enforcement and military agencies. 

Key Sources Referred 

  • National Center for Biotechnology and Information (NCBI)  

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)  

  • National Health Service (NHS)  

  • Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care 

  • Government of Canada's Health and Wellness 

  • Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW)  

  • National Health Mission (NHM)  

  • Ayushman Bharat - Health and Wellness Centres (AB-HWCs)  

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  

  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)  

  • World Health Organization (WHO)  

Key Benefits for Stakeholders

  • This report provides a quantitative analysis of the market segments, current trends, estimations, and dynamics of the forensic equipment and supplies market analysis from 2024 to 2033 to identify the prevailing forensic equipment industry opportunities.

  • The market research is offered along with information related to key drivers, restraints, and opportunities.

  • Porter's five forces analysis highlights the potency of buyers and suppliers to enable stakeholders make profit-oriented business decisions and strengthen their supplier-buyer network.

  • In-depth analysis of the forensic supplies industry segmentation assists to determine the prevailing market opportunities.

  • Major countries in each region are mapped according to their revenue contribution to the global market.

  • Market player positioning facilitates benchmarking and provides a clear understanding of the present position of the market players.

  • The report includes the analysis of the regional as well as global forensic equipment and supplies market trends, key players, market segments, application areas, and market growth strategies.

Forensic Equipment and Supplies Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
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Market Size By 2033

USD 16.5 Billion

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Growth Rate

CAGR of 7.3%

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Forecast period

2024 - 2033

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Report Pages

315

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By Product
  • Instruments
    • Spectroscopy Instrument
    • DNA Analyzers
    • Liquid Chromatography Systems
    • Gas Chromatography Systems
    • Blood Chemistry Analyzers
    • Fingerprint Analzers
    • Forensic cameras
    • Laboratory Centrifues
    • Other Forensic Instruments
  • Reagents and Consumables
  • Low temperature Storage Devices
  • Evidence Drying Cabinets
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By Application
  • Drug Testing and Toxicology
  • DNA Analysis
  • Blood Analysis
  • Biometrics
  • Other Applications
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By End User
  • Government Forensic Laboratories
  • Independent Forensic Laboratories
  • Others
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By Region
  • North America  (U.S., Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe  (Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (Japan, China, India, Australia, South Korea, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • LAMEA  (Brazil, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Rest of LAMEA)
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Key Market Players

Illumina, Inc, Air Science, BVDA International, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., PerkinElmer Inc., Waters Corporation, Danaher Corporation, Safariland, LLC., Agilent Technologies, Inc., HORIBA, Ltd.

Author Name(s) : Pritee Pawar | Roshan Deshmukh
Frequently Asked Questions?

Forensic equipment and supplies refer to tools, instruments, and consumables used in forensic science laboratories and crime scene investigations.

The global forensic equipment and supplies market size was valued at $8.1 billion in 2023, and is projected to reach $16.5 billion by 2033, growing at a CAGR of 7.3% from 2024 to 2033.

North America holds the largest regional market share for forensic equipment and supplies. This is driven by high investment in law enforcement technologies, advanced forensic laboratories, stringent regulatory frameworks, and significant government funding for forensic investigations and research in the region.

Opportunities for growth in the forensic equipment and supplies market include the increasing adoption of advanced technologies like DNA analysis and digital forensics, expanding applications in civil and criminal investigations globally, and rising government investments in forensic science infrastructure

The global forensic equipment and supplies market trends includes increased adoption of advanced DNA testing technologies for accurate identification, rising demand for portable and field-deployable forensic tools, and growing use of digital forensics solutions for cybercrime investigations and evidence analysis.

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Forensic Equipment and Supplies Market

Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2024-2033