» Metropolitan Police
09 March, 2015
The Metropolitan Police Service was the first police force to gain UKAS accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 in England and Wales. Their accreditation is for activities undertaken in the Evidence Recovery Unit (ERU) of the Directorate of Forensic Services Specialist Evidence Recovery and Imaging Service (SERIS) at their laboratory premises in London’s Elephant and Castle.
The Metropolitan Police Service employs more than 33,000 officers together with about 14,200 police staff, 270 traffic wardens and 4,700 Police Community Support Officers. The scope of the new accreditation covers the identification of body fluids, search and recovery of fibres and hairs, blood pattern analysis and the determination of a physical fit between two or more items.
UKAS has been involved in assessing laboratories undertaking forensic analysis since the 1980’s. This now 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. In addition accreditation determines the competence of staff, the validity and suitability of methods, the appropriateness of equipment and facilities, and the ongoing assurance through internal quality control.
Many forensic laboratories, from large multi-site organisations to smaller specialist companies, are now UKAS accredited.