As you may have seen, due to COVID UKAS has announced the temporary suspension and postponement of assessments for Scene of Crime activity.

We know this will come as a disappointment for many forces who have been working tirelessly to finalise their validation and documentation as well as rearranging previously postponed assessment visits, all within the constraints and challenges that Covid has presented.

Whilst the suspension and postponement of assessments isn’t the start to 2021 that any of us had hoped for, let’s not be disheartened. We can use the delay to our advantage, continue momentum and confirm readiness for when it is safe for assessment visits to recommence.

Forces can do this by taking advantage of our experienced CSI Accreditation Support Team (AST). The team consists of former UKAS assessors and technical experts, and can help you by providing a full review, a review of gaps identified through UKAS pre-assessment, or a bespoke review of priority areas identified by you. Regardless of the service level chosen, we will provide you with a written report identifying compliance, possible gaps and importantly, suggestions and options for ways to narrow any identified gaps. As an FCN member, the service is provided at no charge as part of BAU. 

FCN Quality Manager Lee Major said:

“We want to help you prepare for your assessment. We believe that by working together we can increase the likelihood of getting that positive recommendation, as well as saving time in the future by reducing the number of improvement actions resulting from your assessment.”

To take advantage of the FCN’s CSI AST service, please contact FCN Quality Manager Lee Major