» Forensic Cell Site Analysis
UKAS is developing an assessment approach for the accreditation of Cell Site Analysis (CSA) at the request of the Forensic Science Regulator (FSR). Accreditation is planned to be progressed using the international standard ISO/IEC 17025 – General requirements for the competency of testing and calibration laboratories. The technical assessment of the CSA activities will also take into consideration the requirements of the Forensic Science Regulators Appendix – Digital Forensic Cell Site Analysis (FSR-C-135 – published June 2016).
UKAS invited expressions of interest from UK based bodies who undertake Cell Site Analysis (including surveying activities), to participate in a pilot assessment programme in June 2016. A number of organisations signed up to the pilot with the following progressing through the first part of the project :
- Metropolitan Police
It has been agreed with the Forensic Science Regulator that the scope of the Cell Site pilot will now focus on the surveying activities and a separate project will be established at a later date to cover the analysis and interpretation of Cell Site data. It is anticipated that current pilot activities (sruveting) of the development project will run until early/mid 2018.
Further information on this new area of accreditation can be found in the paper ISO/17025 Accreditation for Cell Site Analysis - An overview
Further information on the pilot assessment programme can be obtained from David Compton David.Compton@ukas.com