Proficiency Test Rounds Now Available
We now have Proficiency Test kits for Scheduled and On Demand rounds (click on the names to find out more).
Scheduled Rounds are available for a fixed time only, with a deadline to return your results. Our report of your performance will include an inter-laboratory comparison of all other participants (anonymised).
Mobile Phone Data Extraction (on sale until 10 November 2017)
This Mobile Phone Data Proficiency Test has been designed to test the proficiency of participants in:
- extracting seeded data from files created from an Android “smartphone” and examining the extracted data
- identifying certain data types from the extracted data
- identifying specific “intelligence” activity from the data
On Demand Rounds
On-Demand Rounds are available over a much longer period. They are also ideal for internal training, competency testing and validation exercises.
Computer Hard Drive
This Computer Hard Drive Proficiency Test has been designed to test the proficiency of participants in:
- the imaging of a computer hard drive
- searching the imaged data for specified file content
Body Fluids On Exhibits
This range of tests aims to emulate casework type exhibits, allowing the participating laboratory to test their complete forensic procedures from receipt of exhibit to obtaining laboratory results, in relation to their ability to search, locate and identify body fluids, namely blood, semen and/or saliva.
Body Fluids On Swatches
This range of tests concentrates on the identification of body fluids, namely blood, semen and/or saliva and allows the participating laboratory to test their complete forensic procedures from receipt of item to obtaining laboratory results, in relation to their ability to use their prescribed identification testing procedures to identify body fluids, namely blood, semen and/or saliva.
These kits are also ideal for training and competency testing.
Latent Fingerprint Comparison
Our current fingerprints kit consists of fingerprint reference cards and photographs of enhanced marks taken from magazine pages and aluminium drinks cans. The marks shown on the exhibit photographs may or may not match 1 or more of the prints on the Reference Cards.
Mobile Phone Data
This kit consists of a USB flash drive containing files extracted from 2 different mobile phones, plus other supporting files. Two different kits are available in this Round offering Standard and Enhanced options, reflecting different types of operations undertaken in digital forensics labs.
This coding footwear proficiency test has been designed to test the proficiency of participants in:
- use of the National Footwear Reference Collection (NFRC) to code footwear impressions.
- determining where possible the footwear code or allocate pattern descriptors in line with those allocated by the NFRC.
- reporting of the information drawn from coding to a non-expert such as a Senior Investigating Officer
Proficiency Test Timetable
The table below details the planned schedule of Proficiency Tests to be offered by FPTS during 2017/2018. Rounds will be made available for sale a minimum of 6 weeks prior to the order deadline.
Bespoke Proficiency Tests
We offer a Bespoke Proficiency Test service, where we design and manage a Proficiency or Competency Test Round according to your own requirements. We can offer closed rounds for you to run in-house only, or we can invite other interested organisations to also take part so that we have the chance of producing a meaningful Inter-Laboratory Comparison report.
For more information and to discuss your requirements, please contact FPTS.