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Accreditation support

Achieving accreditation to the ISO17025 or ISO17020 standards takes significant time and effort.  Find out how FCN can help your forensic teams embed quality and achieve accreditation.

We know police forces are under pressure to achieve accreditation for CSI by October 2022 in addition to the ongoing need to gain and maintain accreditation in Digital Forensics.  There is also a requirement to meet standards for SARCs and Fire Investigation by October 2023. We can help.

Now the Forensic Science Regulator (FSR) has statutory powers, it's important forces don't get caught out.

Complying with ISO standards and FSR requirements isn't just a tick-box exercise, it's part of the journey to embedding quality into your force.

Join the quest for quality
FCN is championing all things accreditation.

We know it's a long road to success, and we're here to help forces embed quality and prepare for accreditation.

Quality is everyone's responsibility, so why not get inspired and get involved below?

FCN is supporting forces to improve quality standards and achieve and maintain accreditation more efficiently through collaboration.

We are harnessing the strengths and successes across the network to improve quality standards within forensics by enabling knowledge sharing, providing tools, guidance and support for the benefit of all. 

Tailored advice

FCN’s highly experienced team can help members gain and maintain accreditation to international standards, comply with the FSR Codes of Practice and Conduct and prepare for their UKAS assessment.

The accreditation support team provide the following tailored services: 

  • Reviewing of quality standards and accreditation documentation  
  • Evaluation of readiness for assessment to relevant quality standards 
  • Preparatory sessions for UKAS visit planning 
  • Real-time support and advice during UKAS visits 
  • Assistance reviewing and understanding themes around UKAS actions 
  • Identifying accreditation trends and sharing information  
  • Recognising and facilitating work share opportunities between members 
  • National advocacy of FSR Guidance documents 
  • Extension of support via workstreams and expert network events 

Our team

FCN’s highly specialised quality services team includes former Quality Managers, UKAS assessors, Technical Managers and practitioners with an intimate knowledge of the challenges facing members. This makes us a trusted and reliable team, which is why we are already helping several police forces.

Up-to-date quality standards and accreditation advice are available to FCN members on Knowledge Hub