Introduction to Accreditation for SARCs: ISO 15189:2022 and FSR Statutory Code of Practice

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This blended 1-day course will provide delegates with an overview of ISO 15189:2022, the interplay with FSR Statutory Code of Practice and the process of accreditation. It has components of self-directed eLearning supported by a trainer-led workshop activity in a virtual learning environment.

  • Overview

    This course will ensure delegates are aware of the key aspects of ISO 15189:2022 and FSR Statutory Code of Practice and how they wrap around the patient’s journey through a Sexual Assault Referral Centre. In addition, it will ensure awareness of the Accreditation journey from application to assessment.

    The awareness gained from this course will enhance the delegates’ preparation for accreditation and the development of systems to demonstrate conformity.

    This blended course includes an initial 4 hours of self-directed eLearning online, followed by a 4-hour interactive online workshop at a later date, led by UKAS trainers.

    An extended 2-day awareness course is also available for SARCs, covering the key topics within this 1-day course as well as additional topics such as validation & verification, Non-conforming work, continual improvement and ensuring the validity of results.

    Please note – For learners to successfully complete UKAS Blended programmes, they must have first completed all associated online learning activities before attendance at the Virtual Instructor Led workshops.

    Delegates who complete this training will be able to attend our free post-course drop-in sessions to support their learning. The hour-long virtual sessions run monthly and can be attended as many times as required to ask our training team any post-course questions.

    Please ensure you read the minimum requirements for this course before booking to attend.

  • Learning outcomes of this course

    Using a combination of interactive eLearning material and workshops, our course will enable delegates to:

    • Review and interpret the requirements of ISO 15189:2022 and FSR Statutory Code of Practice and how these apply in their setting
    • Identify any significant gaps in conforming to the requirements and develop an action plan for implementation
    • Identify where any further development is required
  • Key topics
    • Requirements – 15189:2022; FSR Statutory Code of Practice and other forensic codes of practice
    • Terminology
    • ‘The Patient Journey’ and the requirements
    • Effective quality management systems
    • Persons responsible – who, what and competence
    • Implementation steps
    • Steps to accreditation
  • Who should attend?

    This course is designed to introduce key stakeholders in Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) to the requirements of ISO 15189:2022 and the related Forensic codes, as well as the accreditation process. It is suitable for anyone who is responsible for implementing or maintaining systems within a SARC. This could include (but is not limited to):

    • SARC Managers/Directors and Leads
    • SARC Quality Managers/Officers and/or Leads
    • Forensic Medical Examiners/Forensic Nurse Examiners
    • Crisis support workers
    • Police Officers


  • Minimum requirements

    Learners will be required to complete the initial four hours of self-directed eLearning online for this course, activity prior to attending the instructor-led session.

    NOTE: If the pre-course submission is not completed at least one week in advance of the course start date, the learner will not be permitted to access the instructor-led session and the standard terms and conditions of transfer/cancellation will apply.

    Learners will need access to the ISO 15189:2022 Standard, either electronic or hard copy. Standards can be purchased from BSI or ISO.

    UKAS Academy virtual courses are usually delivered via the Adobe Connect application. Download links for this free programme can be found within our minimum requirements.

    Any additional requirements will be detailed in the joining instructions sent after a booking has been confirmed.

  • Meet the trainers

    All UKAS trainers are dedicated professionals with years of practical experience in their specialist areas.  Many UKAS trainers have previously worked as Assessment Managers, giving delegates the benefit of their wealth of knowledge.

Date/Time Venue Price
03/07/2024 - 03/07/2024 Virtual course £450 exc VAT
06/11/2024 - 06/11/2024 Virtual course £450 exc VAT

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