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Accreditation: supporting the criminal justice system through the accreditation of forensic testing laboratories, scene of crime investigation and case work review
UKAS is at the leading edge in the provision of accreditation across a broad range of examination and testing activities within the forensic science arena. UKAS accreditation provides authoritative assurance that quality standards are met. It also provides confidence in the technical competence of a laboratory to carry out specific analyses.
UKAS continues to support the expansion of quality standards within forensic science, with accreditation that meets the requirements of the Forensic Science Regulator’s ‘Codes of Practice and Conduct’. This further improves confidence in the evidence being presented to the Criminal Justice System, as UKAS accreditation ensures that the most appropriate methodologies and rigour are applied to the assessment process.
UKAS accredits the quality assurance of forensic laboratory analysis to ISO/IEC 17025. General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories against a wide range of forensic analyses, examinations and testing activities. Accredited scopes include continuity of evidence, management of case files and 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.
Inspection bodies are accredited to ISO/IEC 17020: Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection to support the chain of custody. This includes the scene of crime investigation, case work review and review of cold cases.
UKAS accredits Proficiency Testing (PT) Providers for a range of chemistry and microbiological schemes to ISO/IEC 17043: Conformity assessment – General requirements for proficiency testing. These schemes include marks and impressions, therapeutic drug schemes, toxicology, forensic analysis for explosives, drugs in blood and drugs in oral fluid.
UKAS accredits Reference Material Producers (RMP) to ISO Guide 34 (currently in the process of being replaced by ISO 17034) for a number of materials including forensic ethanol solutions, whole blood and serum and freeze dried serum.
- Forensic Science Regulator’s ‘Codes of Practice and Conduct'
- Directory of accredited organisations
- The benefits of accreditation
- Route to accreditation
- How to apply