FORENSIC PROFICIENCY TESTING SERVICES
The first multi-disciplinary proficiency testing service designed by UK forensic scientists for forensic scientists
Forensic Access, at the heart of forensic science since 1986, is pleased to announce Forensic Proficiency Testing Services to support all providers of forensic sciences to the Criminal Justice System.
Proficiency Testing is a requirement of both ISO/IEC 17025 and the Forensic Science Regulator’s Codes of Practice. To both achieve and maintain accreditation providers (whether they be Police forces, large or small independent or commercial providers) need to clearly demonstrate that they have a robust and regular proficiency testing program in place.
We know that many forensic providers are unhappy with the current availability of external proficiency testing options, most of which come from overseas and are in no way tailored to the needs of UK-based providers.
That is why Forensic Proficiency Testing Services are so important.
Our current Proficiency Test Rounds are pilot tests. A pilot test is to allow the customer to trial the test pre our ISO 17043 accreditation, to assist us with any suggested improvements and to test the robustness of our internal systems. We will notify all customers when our tests fall under ISO 17043 accreditation.
Please contact us if you are outside the UK and wish to place an order
The Forensic Proficiency Testing Services kits are:
Designed, produced and the results assessed by UK forensic scientists
In-tune with UK forensic practices
Designed to offer credible and realistic tests reflecting real forensic casework
To be produced across a wide range of forensic sciences disciplines
Tailored to your needs: tests for a wide range of forensic disciplines to be offered in Scheduled and On-Demand Schemes
Available for purchase online from this website
How To Buy Our Proficiency Testing Schemes
We are offering a limited number of disciplines for our first Pilot Phase, at a discounted price.
All of our Proficiency Testing Schemes are available online, through this website. Just click on the “Browse Our Proficiency Tests” links on these pages to be taken to the list of Schemes currently available.
To provide you with maximum flexibility we offer our Schemes in two different rounds: Scheduled and On-Demand
We announce the availability of a new Scheduled Test package approximately 2 weeks before the start date. Participants can then pre-order their selection of Tests from this website. Scheduled Tests are offered at a discount price over the “On Demand”.
We will despatch the tests on or just before the start date. We expect the results to be returned to us, by email on the form provided, within 4 weeks. 3 weeks from the Start Date the Scheduled Test offer closes, but the same kits will be available for another 3 months as “On Demand”.
For those customers who require more flexibility, we are pleased to offer “On-Demand” purchase of our test kits.
3 weeks after the Scheduled Start Date, the tests kits become available “On-Demand” until the end of that Scheme (usually 3 months from the Start Date). On-Demand kits are not sold at the discounted price and there is no time limit (or obligation) for customers to return their results to us (although if you return your results to us within 3 months, we will assess the results and send you a report).
Both services include the same quality products, full interpretative assessment of your results and a personally tailored results package.
Our first Schemes are:
- Biological Materials (Body Fluids) – available now
- Marks (Fingerprints) – available towards the end of 2016
- Digital Forensics (Mobile Phones) – available in early 2017
We are now establishing plans to continuously expand our services:
- More complex tests for the existing Schemes (such as body Fluids on items of clothing)
- More Schemes, the first of which will be toxicology, drugs, footwear
Our new Forensic Proficiency Testing Services will operate within Forensic Access but inside very carefully defined “firewalls” to ensure absolute security and confidentiality of our customers and their results. The identity of customers will be kept confidential to only a small number of dedicated administrators with our forensic specialists only ever seeing a customer identified by a code. This will ensure complete anonymity of all participants, providing assurance that your proficiency test results are entirely separated from our other business. As a fundamental part of the process this will, of course, be assessed and closely monitored as part of our UKAS assessment.