QUALITY STANDARDS CONSULTANCY
Quality management and quality standards support to the police
“Mandatory” quality standards for all forensic science laboratories
There are significant pressures on all laboratories that undertake forensic science work for the Criminal Justice System to implement a quality management system in their respective organisations:
for some years now police procurement initiatives have demanded that their contracted forensic science providers have the international quality standard ISO 17025 accreditation for all “tests” performed on their behalf.
The Forensic Science Regulator:
has drawn up plans to ensure that the “provision of forensic science services across the criminal justice system is subject to an appropriate regime of scientific quality standards”. His proposals mean that all laboratories offering forensic science services to the Criminal Justice System will have to adopt a quality management system. This requirement will apply to any police laboratory undertaking any type of forensic science work: from screening exhibits to retrieving body fluids and other trace evidence for subsequent analysis.
We can assist in planning for, establishment and maintenance of quality management systems to comply with ISO 9001 & ISO 17025, including the special requirements of ILAC G19 “Guidelines for Forensic Science Laboratories“.
The Forensic Access quality management services
A number of forces are someway down the path of setting up quality management systems, some are in the very early planning stages and some have not yet started to plan. Hence, our service is tailored to the very specific requirements of each force.
After discussing where a particular force is with their quality management and standards system we will propose an action plan based on the following options