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Accreditation month - join the quest for quality



Welcome to the new network for forensic science in England and Wales, supporting more than 4,000 specialists with critical services, advice and technology.

FCN is the UK's largest forensic science network - for policing, by policing.



What do we mean by ‘accreditation’ in relation to Forensic Science in Policing?

Deborah Pendry
The term accreditation is used a lot in policing and often with a different meaning depending on the context. Legal representatives are accredited, so are firearms officers, and national IT systems and training courses. So understandably when the term accreditation is used for forensic science activity it’s not always readily understood. FCN Director of Quality, Deborah Pendry explains.

At the heart of the FCN is the desire to work together nationally to deliver high quality, specialist forensic science capabilities; to share knowledge; and to improve resilience, efficiency, quality and effectiveness.

FCN Services
Identifying and exploiting opportunities so members can meet future challenges by having the people, knowledge, skills and specialist tools and capabilities they will need.
Achieving and maintaining quality service with efficient, standardised processes, and to act as a single voice with key standards and accreditation stakeholders.
Maximising resilience and effectiveness through the design, introduction and maintenance of new ICT platforms, tools, operating models and business change support.
Designing, developing and maintaining a sustainable and forward-looking commercial marketplace for both traditional and digital forensic science