Forensics: Evaluation of Fire Investigation Activities

Associated Standards

  • ISO/IEC 17020:2012 Conformity assessment – Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspections 
  • ILAC G19 Modules in a Forensic Science Process 
  • FSR Code of Practice 
  • UKAS RG 201 Accreditation of Bodies Carrying out Scene of Crime Examination  

About the programme

In October 2019, UKAS undertook a dry run exercise of a Fire Investigation Unit in order to assist the Forensic Science Regulator (FSR) to confirm the appropriate quality framework and timeframes for fire investigation activities against ISO/IEC 17020:2012. This exercise also allowed UKAS to determine an assessment approach for this new accreditation. 

Current status

An evaluation of the outcomes of the dry run exercise has been undertaken and a report produced which identifies areas which the Fire Investigation Unit will need to consider to be compliant with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17020 and ILAC G19. In addition, the report also provides some recommendations for the Fire Community (e.g. NFCC/UK-AFI) and FSR to assist in progressing accreditation in this area. A copy of the report can be found here. 

The project is currently on hold until the FSR can produce a Fire Investigation Appendix, the draft of which is anticipated in April 2021. 

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