As previously announced, UKAS is developing an assessment approach for the accreditation of Cell Site Analysis (CSA) at the request of the Forensic Science Regulator (FSR). Accreditation is planned to be progressed using the international standard ISO/IEC 17025 – General requirements for the competency of testing and calibration laboratories. The technical assessment of the CSA activities will also take into consideration the requirements of the Forensic Science Regulators Appendix – Digital Forensic Cell Site Analysis (FSR-C-135 – planned to be published May 2016).

UKAS invited expressions of interest from UK based bodies who undertake Cell Site Analysis (including surveying activities), to participate in a pilot assessment programme. The following organisations have signed up to the Pilot Terms of Reference:

  • First Forensic Solutions
  • LGC Limited
  • Metropolitan Police
  • Systems Technology Consultants Limited
  • West Midlands Police

These organisations will now progress their applications for ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation for Cell Site Analysis in line with the pilot programme timescales below:

  • Formal application to UKAS (including submission of supporting documentation and the completion of a pre-assessment visit if requested by applicant): April 2016 – June 2016
  • Assessments conducted: April – December 2016
  • Review of outcome of assessments: January - February 2017
  • Close-out of all improvement actions: April 2017
  • Grant of accreditation to all pilot organizations meeting accreditation requirements: May 2017

Further information on this new area of accreditation can be found in the paper ISO/17025 Accreditation for Cell Site Analysis - An overview

Further information on the pilot assessment programme can be obtained from David Compton (