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Science authority

FCN acts as the forensic science authority, ensuring members get the right scientific advice, from the right sources, when they need it.

FCN aims to make it easier for members to get access to the best and most up-to-date scientific advice, and to ensure this advice is applied consistently. 

To do this, we are:

  • Developing and managing a scientific advice framework to provide strategic and tactical advice
  • Collating trends of requests from forces, so that many members can benefit from repeated queries
  • Continually improving the scientific knowledge base available to members, both in current practices and through horizon scanning

Our team

FCN intends to continually strengthen the base of scientific knowledge and evidence available to members. 

We work with members, academia, forensic service providers, the Forensic Science Regulator, government scientists and many others to ensure members have access to the best available scientific advice. 

We aim to respond to initial queries within one day and resolve simple queries within two days, while more complex queries will have a timeline set out within five days. 

Get in touch

To request scientific advice from FCN, please contact us.