As you may be aware, the Forensic Science Regulator has set deadlines for all providers of digital forensics evidence to the Courts (prosecution and defence), to be accredited to both “BS/EN ISO/IEC 17025” and The Forensic Science Regulator’s “Codes of Practice and Conduct” starting in October 2017.
There is recognition by the Regulator, Dr Gillian Tully, that many organisations providing such evidence to our Courts will not have achieved this required accreditation by the deadline. Dr Tully, states in her 2015 – 2016 Annual Report, “… the current progress of many organisations means that, even with additional intervention, it is highly unlikely that they will meet the requirement for accreditation of digital forensic activities by October 2017. This means that for a substantial proportion of digital evidence produced after that date, disclosure of non-compliance will be required.” (See below for links to relevant documents).
Support For Digital Forensics Accreditation
Proficiency Testing is a fundamental requirement of both ISO 17025 and the Regulator’s “Codes”.
We established Forensic Proficiency Testing Services to assist forensic science practitioners in achieving and maintaining accreditation by providing forensic proficiency tests, designed by forensic scientists.
We currently offer 2 digital forensics proficiency tests:
- Computer Hard Drive: [ Limited Stock Remaining ] On sale until 29 Sept 2017
This kit consists of a desktop computer containing a hard drive pre-loaded by FPTS with specific data. Participants will be asked to image the disk then answer questions on their process and the contents of the disk. Find Out More
- Mobile Phone Data Extraction: Available “on demand”
We provide a USB containing “bin” files extracted from a simple Nokia phone and a more complex Android phone. Participants need to extract the data from the bin files and answer specific questions about the extracted data. Find Out More
Accreditation of FPTS To ISO 17043
In May 2017 UKAS (“the sole national accreditation body recognised by the British government to assess the competence of organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services.”) recommended accreditation to ISO 17043 for our current Biology PT products, subject to a number of actions to be completed satisfactorily. We hope to announce confirmation of this accreditation in the very near future.
Forensic Access has been accredited to ISO / IEC 17025 since 2010 and ISO 9001 since 2004.
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