» ISO/IEC 17020 Accreditation for Fire Investigation – Expression of Interest Notice

17 October, 2017

Call for expressions of interest to participate in the pilot accreditation programme

UKAS is developing an assessment approach for the accreditation of Fire 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” which is already being used as the assessment standard for volume/serious scenes of crime activities. The technical assessment of the Fire 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.

UKAS is inviting expressions of interest from UK based bodies who undertake Forensic Investigation, to participate in a pilot assessment programme involving the following activities :

  • Determination of the origin/source of a fire
  • Determining the course of fire and ignition method (deliberate or accidental)
  • Identification and Recovery of items for further forensic analysis (optional)
  • Presumptive testing for accelerants and sampling (optional)

The pilot programme will look to identify 4-6 organisations which will apply for accreditation and have their assessment in the middle of 2018. Further details relating to pilot expectation and timescales will be provided at a meeting of the interest parties earlier in 2018.

Expressions of interest in the UKAS pilot assessment programme should be sent to alison.severn@ukas.com and should arrive no later than 17th November 2017.

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