14th February 2024
FCN Quality is here to help policing achieve and maintain compliance with the relevant forensic quality standards; to reduce duplication of effort, share knowledge and accelerate accreditation attainment, and to enable a single community voice in response to the Regulator. That same support is also available to Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs ) and Fire and Rescue Services, which also undertake Forensic Science Activities.
We can offer a wide range of support services to assist with compliance to quality standards including ISO standards and the Forensic Science Regulator’s Code of Practice. We also offer an Accreditation Support Team Service, which allows us to share learning and experiences from across policing to help accelerate accreditation in your force. We have already assisted several Police Forces to achieve accreditation to ISO/IEC 17020 for Incident Scene Examination (CSI).
FCN’s highly specialised team has significant technical knowledge and experience of the challenges faced by policing. We can help you comply with relevant quality standards, gain and maintain accreditation by supporting your preparations for UKAS assessment.
• Reviewing quality management system documentation including technical methods and validation
• Witnessing practitioners undertake examinations to help them prepare for UKAS assessment
• Evaluation of readiness for UKAS assessment to relevant quality standards
• Preparatory sessions for UKAS visit planning
• Real-time support and advice during UKAS visits
• Assistance reviewing and understanding themes around UKAS findings
• Collating, analysing, and reporting on the national accreditation landscape
• Recognising and facilitating work share opportunities throughout policing
• Working through risks and using shared learning to overcome complex challenges .
• Extension of support via workstreams and expert network events
The FCN has released a suite of new videos and written guides to help police forces to meet the Forensic Science Regulator's (FSR) accreditation and compliance requirements.
Four videos are tailor-made for people holding different roles within police forces: senior accountable individuals, quality personnel, non-forensic teams, and forensic practitioners.
There are also two introductory videos on the importance of accreditation from NPCC Forensic Lead, Chief Constable Nick Dean, and the Forensic Science Regulator, Gary Pugh. View all the videos below or on our Vimeo channel.
The FSR's Statutory Code came into effect on Monday 2 October 2023. This means that accreditation and compliance with quality standards is a requirement for police forces, among other forensic organisations.
The videos are accompanied by supporting documents which are available to download and share.
As an organisation that strives for continual improvement your feedback is important to us. If you would like to submit feedback relating to any aspect of the FCN then please email the following FCNQualityTeam@Dorset.police.uk.