» Collision Investigation Development Project

25 January, 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 (Emily.Robinson@ukas.com) by the 1st March 2019. It would also be helpful in the planning if you could provide the following information:

  1. Does your organisation hold accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025 or ISO/IEC 17020?
  2. Who has been identified (position) as top management responsible for Collision Investigation and accreditation?
  3. Will Collision Investigation activities fall under the management system control and responsibilities of an assisting accreditation?
  4. Do you have draft or implemented documented procedures covering the Collision Investigation activities?
  5. Do you have a validation plan in place for demonstrating the validity of your methods?
  6. 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)