» Technical Bulletin – UKAS Assessments incorporating the Forensic Science Regulators Codes of Practice

06 December, 2017

On the 13th October 2017, the Forensic Science Regulator published Version 4 of the ‘Codes of Practice and Conduct for forensic science providers and practitioners in the Criminal Justice System’ (The Codes).

Organisations that provide forensic science services to the Criminal Justice System can include the compliance with The Codes as part of their scope of UKAS accreditation. Some organisations have already gained this accreditation and others have applications in progress.

UKAS will start assessing against the newly published version of The Codes from the 1st February 2018.

Therefore, any visits after this date to organisations either who have already extended their scope, or are seeking accreditation to The Codes for the first time, will include assessment against Version 4.

Organisations should ensure that they have made any needed changes to their systems to incorporate the amendments from Version 3 and by the time of their assessment have evidence of effective implementation demonstrating compliance.

In the future, it is anticipated that when there are updates to The Codes UKAS will start to assess against the revised version four months after publication, or as requested by the Forensic Science Regulator.

If you have any queries regarding this Technical Bulletin please contact your Assessment Manager.

 

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