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Forensic Technology Market - By Technology (Spectroscopy, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)), Component (Product, Service), Sample Type (Blood, Skin), Application (Judicial & Law Enforcement, Pharmacogenetics), Global Forecast, 2023-2032

  • Report ID: GMI7066
  • Published Date: Oct 2023
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Forensic Technology Market Size

Forensic Technology Market size was valued at USD 14.4 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 36 billion by 2032 growing at a CAGR of 10.3% driven by the increasing crime rates and favourable initiatives by several government and law enforcement agencies. For instance, as per a study in 2022, in major cities of the U.S., homicides were 42.6% higher in 2022 compared to 2019, larceny by 20%, motor vehicle thefts by 21%, and residential and non-residential burglaries by 6% and 8%, respectively. As crime rates continue to rise, there is a growing demand for advanced forensic technologies to help law enforcement agencies solve cases more efficiently.

Forensic Technology Market

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Forensic technology refers to the application of scientific and technological methods and tools to collect, analyse, and preserve evidence in criminal investigations and legal proceedings. It plays a crucial role in law enforcement, criminal justice, and the legal system. Forensic technology encompasses a wide range of techniques such as DNA analysis, fingerprinting, toxicology screening, etc.

COVID-19 Impact

The forensic technology industry was slight negatively impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lockdowns imposed in numerous countries restricted people to their home, resulting with increased stress and anxiety cases escalating in the country due to economic crisis. Moreover, stringent social distancing measures mandated by governments caused the postponement or suspension of many ongoing criminal investigations. Simultaneously, travel restrictions and lockdowns disrupted supply chains as production came to a standstill.  sector.

Forensic Technology Market Trends

  • Governments worldwide are increasingly investing in modernizing their forensic capabilities, which include DNA analysis, digital forensics, and forensic pathology. Such investments not only aid in the swift delivery of justice but also serve as a deterrent to criminal activities.
  • For instance, in November 2022, U.S. Department of Justice, granted USD 160 million to support crime laboratories, fund forensics research, decrease DNA backlogs, and help investigators.

As crime rates continue to rise globally, there is a growing need for advanced forensic technology solutions to aid law enforcement agencies in solving cases efficiently and accurately.

  • Moreover, the progress in technology offers medical professionals the chance to leverage increasingly advanced tools and methods, such as AI platforms.
  • However, regulatory hurdles stand out as a significant obstacle that may hinder market expansion. For instance, the application of forensic technology in healthcare is subject to an intricate web of legal mandates and regulations. Adhering to these legal requirements, such as HIPAA in the U.S. or GDPR in Europe, can be challenging and may constrain the potential applications of forensic technology.

Consequently, the lack of knowledge and concern for data privacy can hinder the response for forensic investigations.

Forensic Technology Market Analysis

Forensic Technology Market Size, By Technology, 2021 - 2032 (USD Billion)

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Based on technology, the market is segmented into spectroscopy, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), biosensor (fingerprint), Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), capillary electrophoresis (CE), automated liquid handling technology, high speed ballistic photography, and other technologies. The spectroscopy segment is anticipated to grow at 9.5% CAGR by 2032.

  • Spectroscopic techniques, such as infrared, UV-visible, and Raman spectroscopy, have emerged as indispensable tools for forensic investigators and analysts. Their ability to identify and analyze a wide range of substances, from drugs to explosives and biological materials, has greatly enhanced the accuracy and efficiency of criminal investigations.
  • Furthermore, the integration of spectroscopy with cutting-edge technologies, such as portable and handheld devices.
Forensic Technology Market Revenue Share, By Component, (2022)

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Based on component, the forensic technology market is classified into product and services. The product segment is further categorized as spectrophotometers, kits & analysers, 3D scanner, high powered microscopes, and other products.

  • These precision instruments have become invaluable tools for forensic scientists and investigators, aiding in the analysis of evidence such as DNA, drugs, and various chemical substances.
  • The high expansion can be attributed to the increasing demand for accurate and reliable analytical techniques in criminal investigations and the judicial system. Spectrophotometers provide unmatched capabilities for identifying and quantifying substances, enabling faster and more efficient forensic analysis.
  • Moreover, advancements in spectrophotometric technology, such as the integration of automation and improved sensitivity.

Based on sample type, the forensic technology market is classified into hair, skin, blood, tissue sample, metal, and other sample types. The blood sample segment accounted for the highest market share in 2022 and is anticipated to reach USD 12.3 billion in 2032.

  • Blood is a good source of DNA. It contains white blood cells and red blood cells, both of which contain DNA. White blood cells are rich in DNA and are commonly used for various DNA forensics, such as DNA profiling, paternity testing, and genetic testing.

Based on application, the forensic technology market is classified into pharmacogenetics, biodefence, and judicial and law enforcement. High market share can be attributed to the ongoing global initiatives by government and law enforcement authorities to establish DNA databases. For instance, in the U.S., the DNA Identification Act of 1994 empowered the FBI to establish a national DNA database, facilitating the resolution of a backlog of criminal cases and simplifying a wide range of forensic applications within the realm of justice administration.

North America Forensic Technology Market Size, 2020 – 2032 (USD Billion)

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The North America forensic technology market dominated the market in 2022, with a market share of 42.7% in 2022.

  • The dominance can be attributed to the rising prevalence of criminal cases, which has led to a surge in forensic investigations across the region. Also, law enforcement agencies and private enterprises alike are driving the adoption of forensic tools and services across diverse sectors, including healthcare.
  • Additionally, advancements in state-of-the-art forensic methodologies and the presence of advanced healthcare infrastructure have significantly enhanced the efficiency of forensic analysis conducted in the region.

Forensic Technology Market Share

The industry leaders operating in this market have established themselves through innovation, service quality, and a strong market presence. QIAGEN, Promega Corporation, and Agilent Technologies are leading the market with significant share. These prominent players offer a comprehensive suite of services as well as products for forensic science. Their DNA analysis is widely regarded as the foremost standard in forensic technology, having undergone numerous rounds of experimentation and validation to establish its credibility.

Market players operating in the forensic technology is as mentioned below:

  • Neogen Corporation
  • Promega Corporation
  • Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
  • Agilent Technologies
  • Shimadzu Scientific Instruments
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.
  • Leica Microsystems
  • GE Healthcare
  • Ultra Electronics Forensic Technology Inc.
  • HORIBA, Ltd.
  • Projectina
  • Zentek Digital Investigations Ltd.

Forensic Technology Industry News:

  • In January 2023, QIAGEN acquired Verogen, a pioneering company specializing in the application of next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies to shape the future of human identification (HID) and forensic investigation. This strategic acquisition is poised to offer a promising avenue for advancing the field of forensic science.
  • In January 2023, Promega Corporation launched the Power Plex 35GY system, a first-of-its-kind eight-colour DNA analysis kit designed to empower forensic laboratories in tackling challenging cases, such as sexual assault cases. The launch represents a major advancement in forensic science, providing labs with advanced tools to boost their capabilities and potentially solve the complex cases.

The forensic technology market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD Million from 2018 to 2032 for the following segments:

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By Technology, 2018 – 2032 (USD Million)

  • Spectroscopy
    • UV-Vis spectroscopy
    • Infrared spectroscopy
    • Raman spectroscopy
    • Other spectroscopy
  • Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)
  • Biosensor (fingerprint)
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
  • Capillary electrophoresis (CE)
  • Automated liquid handling technology
  • High speed ballistic photography
  • Other technologies

By Component, 2018 – 2032 (USD Million)

  • Product
    • Spectrophotometers
    • Kits & analyzers
    • 3D scanner
    • High powered microscopes
    • Other products
  • Service
    • DNA profiling
    • Biometrics/fingerprint analysis
    • Drug testing
    • Firearm analysis
    • Other services

By Sample Type, 2018 – 2032 (USD Million)

  • Blood
  • Hair
  • Skin
  • Tissue sample
  • Metal
  • Other sample types

By Application, 2018 – 2032 (USD Million)

  • Judicial and law enforcement
  • Pharmacogenetics
  • Biodefence

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa


Authors: Mariam Faizullabhoy, Gauri Wani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Forensic technology industry size was USD 14.4 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 36 billion by end of 2032 propelled by the increasing crime rates worldwide coupled with favorable initiatives by several government and law enforcement agencies

The blood sample type segment is anticipated to record USD 12.3 billion by 2032 owing to rising usage for various DNA forensics, such as DNA profiling, paternity testing, and genetic testing

North America garnered 42.7% of the market share in 2022 attributed to the rising prevalence of criminal cases, leading to the surge in forensic investigations across the region.

Some of the leading industry participants include QIAGEN N.V., Neogen Corporation, Promega Corporation, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc., Agilent Technologies, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., and Leica Microsystems

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  • Base Year: 2022
  • Companies covered: 13
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