Validate once, verify many gives FCN members access to a network of experts brought together to plan, complete, evaluate and report on validation, providing a library of robust, validated techniques that can be adopted locally.
This avoids significant duplication of effort by forces and creates a more cohesive, efficient and effective way of working with UKAS to secure accreditation under ISO/IEC 17020/17025.
How it works
FCN facilitates and coordinates validation activity across member forces. An expert network team is brought together to agree an appropriate validation plan, drawing on experts from FCN Quality, FCN Science, academia and industry.
The techniques are validated by undertaking a pilot at a lead force or multi-force team. This is supported by FCN’s quality team which provides advice to ensure they meet UKAS and the Forensic Science Regulator’s requirements. The outcomes are evaluated and agreed by the expert network team, enabling collective agreement across community experts and a united response to accreditation requirements.
FCN coordinates a rolling programme of validation depending on priority needs of the community and the Forensic Science Regulator. Validation plans, outcomes and reports will be held in the FCN validation library available to all members. Forces adopting the validated techniques will be supported in defining a local verification and implementation plan.
FCN’s validate once, verify many approach includes:
- A validation strategy
- Validation templates
- A prioritised rollout plan for techniques
- Exemplar validation plans and reports
- Support for forces through the validation and local verification process
- A comprehensive validation library