Forensic Cell Site Analysis

Associated Standards

  • ISO/IEC 17025 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories 
  • ILAC G19 Modules in a Forensic Science Process 
  • FSR Code of Practice 
  • FSR-C-135 Cell Site Analysis Issue 1  

About the programme

The objective of the collision investigation pilot programme is to confirm the applicability of the relevant standards, to identify any areas which need further guidance and to establish a proportionate and robust assessment approach. 

Current status

Since the original applications in 2016 a number of the participants withdrew from the pilot which subsequently stalled.  

UKAS issued another Expression of Interest notice in April 2019, inviting interested parties to participate in a new pilot assessment programme covering surveying and the evaluation and interpretation of cell site data. 

The Forensic Science Regulator (FSR) Office has obtained test cell data and generated a number of scenarios which can be used by cell site organisations to support their validation. The FSR office has finalized the scenarios and sent out the exercises to interested parties to complete by January 2021. 

Once the exercise has been completed and the outcomes reviewed, a new set of timelines for the pilot will be agreed and participating organisations can apply to participate in the pilot programme to gain accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025.  Interested parties will need to submit their documentation for assessment between April and July 2021 with assessment taking place in the Autumn of 2021. 

Assessments have been undertaken as part of the Cell Site Pilot, the outcomes are being reviewed and findings being addressed by the participants.  It is envisaged that first grants of accreditation will be awarded later in 2022.

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