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Science & Technology Select Committee published report on Forensic Science Provision by Nick Boley
July 25, 2013, 15:47
Filed under: Forensics | Tags: , ,

The House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee has published today (25 July) its report on Forensic Science. The report is a comprehensive follow-up to the Committee’s previous report on the subject of the closure of the Forensic Science Service (FSS).

The report examines in considerable detail the consequences of the closure of the Forensic Science Service, and how the market for forensic science in the UK has subsequently developed. Evidence was taken from a wide variety of witnesses, including senior police figures, senior forensic scientists, the Forensic Science Regulator (Andrew Rennison) and leading CPS lawyers.

The Committee had a number of major concerns about the current state-of-play in the Forensic Science market. They were concerned that the fragmentation of the service required by a number of police forces meant that tests may be carried out on an individual case by 2 or more providers, with a possible lack of some sort of scientific oversight or co-ordination. Their major concern, however, centres on the increasing volume of forensic work being carried out in-house in police forensic laboratories. These laboratories are to date, unlike private forensic science laboratories, not accredited to ISO/IEC 17025, which will give them both a potential cost advantage whilst offering less guarantees about the quality of their scientific provision.

The full report is well worth a read.

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