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Quality’s overall aim is to transform the landscape from its current disparate and fragmented state to one where, from a quality and accreditation perspective, the FCN community operates as a single cohesive unit where quality culture is embedded and accreditation readily achieved.

To achieve this, Quality will:

  • work with the FCN community to develop best practice and maintain a set of national standard operating procedures for forensic science capabilities undertaken by the FCN community;
  • work closely with Science to develop and agree standard operating procedures for new capabilities that are introduced following trial and evaluation;
  • work with the FCN community to implement a robust and effective competence framework to support the continuous professional development of staff and to enable consistent assessment of skills, which will support auditable quality assurance frameworks;
  • maintain and develop the competence framework to meet FCN members’ needs and to reflect emerging requirements for new knowledge, skills and behaviours;
  • train members in the use of the competence framework, as required, and offer a service to train assessors;
  • work with members to undertake a training needs analysis for all new capabilities implemented by the FCN, which will lead to the development of training materials, a training methodology and a competence assessment methodology.
  • maintain a catalogue of approved training providers and associated forensic science capabilities,
  • help improve overall FCN community quality and performance, ensuring that competence assessments are undertaken regularly and that FCN members have the quality information and support they need.
Identifying and exploiting opportunities so members can meet future challenges by having the people, knowledge, skills and specialist tools and capabilities they will need.
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