» Collision Investigation Development Project – Deadline Extended
21 November, 2019
UKAS will be undertaking a Pilot Assessment Programme for the accreditation of collision investigation activities (highlighted in black in the following link). The pilot assessment programme will carry out assessments against the requirements of ISO/IEC 17020 – “Conformity assessment – Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspections”. The technical assessment will also take into consideration the requirements of ILAC G19 – Modules in a Forensic Science Process, Forensic Science Regulator’s Codes of Practice and Conduct and the principles of UKAS document RG201 – Accreditation of Bodies Carrying out Scene of Crime Examination.
UKAS is expecting a single application from policing through the NPCC Specialist Capability Programme arrangements. If there are any other organisations wishing to participate in the pilot programme, please can you contact David Compton (email@example.com). All participants will need to submit a signed Pilot Terms of Reference form and the following supporting documentation to DevelopmentEnquiries@ukas.com by the 29th February 2020.
- UKAS Application Form (if a new applicant)
- AC2 Inspection Body Accreditation Application Form detailing scope of collision investigation activities – please refer to the following schedule
- UKAS Agreement (if a new applicant)
- Signed Pilot Terms of Reference Document
- Articles of Association or Corporation (if a new applicant)
- Application fee (if a new applicant)
- Quality Manual
- Technical Procedures covering the collision investigation activities
- Quality assurance procedures covering collision investigation activities and any supporting test equipment.
- Validation documentation
- Training and competence procedures
The objective of the collision investigation pilot programme is to confirm the applicability of the relevant standards, identify any areas which need further guidance and finally to establish a proportionate and robust assessment approach. The milestone for the pilot programme are detailed in the Terms of Reference document.
25 February, 2019
UKAS is developing an assessment approach for the accreditation of Collision Investigation at the request of the Forensic Science Regulator (FSR). Accreditation is planned to be progressed using the international standard ISO/IEC 17020 – “Conformity assessment – Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspections”. This standard has already been confirmed applicable and used for the assessment of traditional scenes of crime activities. The technical assessment of the Collision Investigation will also take into consideration the requirements of ILAC G19 – Modules in a Forensic Science Process, Forensic Science Regulator’s Codes of Practice and Conduct and the principles of UKAS document RG201 – Accreditation of Bodies Carrying out Scene of Crime Examination. As UKAS has not accredited this specific scene activity before it plans to establish a pilot assessment programme to confirm that the standards above are applicable to Collision Investigation and also to determine a robust and proportionate assessment approach.
UKAS will be inviting expressions of interest from UK based bodies who undertake Collision Investigation at the scene and the subsequent evaluation work which enters the Criminal Justice System, to participate in a pilot assessment programme. A scope of Collision Investigation activities has been produced (Please follow link to the document – blue text are activities which will not be covered in pilot) in consultation with the FSR and NPCC Specialist Capability Programme which covers:
- Inspection of scene in order to reconstruct the collision and establish vehicle’s, object’s and pedestrian’s speed and movement using some or all of the following processes
- Inspection of scene and vehicles, objects and pedestrians to establish external factors for the collision
The pilot programme will look to identify 4-6 organisations which will apply for accreditation and have their assessment within an agreed timeline. A summary of the pilot assessment approach can be found at the following link. Further details relating to pilot expectation and timescales will be provided at a meeting of the interest parties later in the year.
As this is an initial announcement to gauge the demand please provide feedback to UKAS (DevelopmentEnquiries@ukas.com) by the 15th March 2019. It would also be helpful in the planning if you could provide the following information:
- Does your organisation hold accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025 or ISO/IEC 17020?
- Who has been identified (position) as top management responsible for Collision Investigation and accreditation?
- Will Collision Investigation activities fall under the management system control and responsibilities of an assisting accreditation?
- Do you have draft or implemented documented procedures covering the Collision Investigation activities?
- Do you have a validation plan in place for demonstrating the validity of your methods?
- When would you expect to be ready for a UKAS assessment?
Further information on the pilot assessment programme can be obtained from David Compton (David.Compton@ukas.com)