Laboratory Accreditation | Forensics


    UKAS’ assessment of laboratories undertaking forensic analysis covers a broad range of examination and testing activities, which is frequently extended to meet the increasing needs of forensic practitioners.

    UKAS accreditation not only provides authoritative assurance of the technical competence of a laboratory to undertake specified analyses but also reviews particular aspects relevant to the Criminal Justice System, for example, continuity of evidence, management of casefiles, storage of exhibits.  Many forensic laboratories, from large multi-site organisations to smaller specialist companies, are now accredited.

    UKAS accreditation includes the examination or analysis of:
    • Drugs, Accelerants, Glass, Paint
    • Toolmarks, Footwear, Vehicles
    • Fingerprints
    • Body Fluids, Fibres and Particulates, Blood Patterns
    • DNA profiling and interpretations
    • Questioned Documents
    • Computers , Mobile Phones
    • Firearms, Ammunition, Firearms Discharge Residue, Explosives
    • Lachrymators and Accelerants
    • Marks and Impressions
    • Crime scene examination
    • Vehicles and Components
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    Readiness Assessment Tool

    We appreciate the journey to accreditation can be daunting, with this in mind we’ve created a Readiness Assessment Tool. Start your self-assessment against the expectations of ISO/IEC 17025 and find out how ready you are to apply click here.

    UKAS Training Academy

    To support our accreditation work, the UKAS Training Academy offers a range of public and on-site training courses. Our portfolio of courses provide UK & overseas delegates with knowledge and best practice of accreditation practices and conformity assessment systems.

    To find out more about courses specific to this standard, click here.