» Call for Expression of Interest for the Relaunch of the Cell Site Analysis Pilot – 2nd April 2019

02 April, 2019

UKAS is continuing to develop accreditation for Cell Site Analysis. A pilot assessment programme was started in 2016 with a number of assessments undertaken. Since the original applications a number of the participants withdrew from the pilot and an issue was identified relating to the lack of groundtruth data (access to controlled CDRs) used in the validation. The pilot programme subsequently stalled. More recently, a mechanism has been established to gain access to controlled call data records from the network providers and the Forensic Science Regulator is keen for the pilot to be restarted.

UKAS is therefore inviting expressions of interest, from UK based bodies who undertake cell site analysis, to participate in a new pilot assessment programme. Due to the timescales associated to the project, expression of interest will be restricted to approximately 4 bodies who already have a compliant ISO/IEC 17025 management system in place (e.g. currently hold or progressing accreditation for some forensic activity).

Indicative timescales for the project are given below;

  • Invitation for expressions of interest from forensic organisations: by the 30th April 2019
  • Meeting between UKAS/FSR and interested parties to discuss pilot requirements: 20th May 2019
  • Formal application to UKAS (including submission of supporting documentation and pre-assessment visit if appropriate): August 2019
    • Assessments conducted: October 2019 – January 2020
  • Review of Assessment and Confirmation of relevant Standard: February 2020
  • Close-out of all improvement actions: April 2020
    • Grant of accreditation to all pilot organizations meeting accreditation requirements: May/June 2020

Pilot participants will need to sign up to the standard UKAS Terms and Condition as well as the Cell Site Pilot Terms and Reference, a draft copy can be found by clicking on the following link.

Expressions of interest in the UKAS pilot assessment programme should be sent to DevelopmentEnquiries@ukas.com marked for the attention of Emily Robinson and should arrive no later than 30th April 2019. Please can you also provide names of individuals who can attend a meeting of interested parties in the afternoon of the 20th May 2019 at the Forensic Science Regulator’s unit in Birmingham.

Further information on the pilot assessment programme can be obtained from David Compton (David.Compton@ukas.com).