Quality will be aiming to achieve a ‘validate once; verify many’ operating model across the FCN community. This will significantly reduce the amount of time and resources spent on validation and will make accreditation much easier and cheaper for all FCN members.
To achieve this model, Quality will:
- work with the FCN community to act as a single Validation Authority, which will be responsible for ensuring that each forensic science process is validated effectively and the results robustly analysed and understood. Quality will produce and consult upon a national validation strategy to help bring this into effect;
- create and maintain a Validation Library, as a sub- section of the FCN’s Quality Management System, to store details of scientific study, validation activity, results and reports;
- work with the FCN community to create a timetable for validation or revalidation of each identi ed process or method in accordance with the accreditation timetable;
Quality will take responsibility for the creation of validation plans. The FCN core team cannot validate a forensic science process or method in isolation since validation relies upon appropriate testing by members of the FCN Community. Quality will therefore work with the FCN Community to:
- determine and review the requirements of all the users involved in each process or method to be validated;
- determine and review the specification for the validation pilot;
- risk assess the process or method;
- set acceptance criteria;
- identify and agree which FCN members will undertake the validation;
- write a validation plan setting out roles, responsibilities, timelines and acceptance criteria.
Quality will also:
- take responsibility for evaluation of the validation pilots, analysing outcomes, assessing compliance and understanding process or method limitations;
- produce and publish a validation report for each validation pilot;
- work with the FCN Community, once a process or method has been validated successfully, to produce a verification plan for other FCN members to adopt.