Our governance

Details of our working groups and sub-committees.

The Forensic Science Regulator has established several specialist working groups to advise on specific areas of forensic science and to undertake studies within their areas of expertise.

Forensic Science Advisory Council

The Forensic Science Advisory Council (FSAC) advises and supports the regulator, giving advice on many issues, including:

  • setting and monitoring compliance with quality standards in the provision of forensic science services
  • arranging the accreditation of those supplying forensic science services to the police, including in-house police services
  • procedures for validating and approving new technologies and applications in the field of forensic science
  • setting and monitoring compliance with standards relating to national forensic science databases, including the National DNA Database
  • the quality of academic and educational courses in forensic science
  • international developments relevant to forensic science quality standards

Read the terms of reference and latest minutes:

For previous minutes please go to the National Archives.

Contamination specialist group

This group supports the regulator and the FSAC by providing advice on and developing standards for the identification, avoidance, management and control of contamination of exhibits, or other evidence, at all stages of the forensic process.

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Fingerprint quality specialist group

This group supports the regulator through reviewing current options for quality fingerprint standards, the consideration of ongoing fingerprint competence training and providing advice on all matters related to the future preparation, implementation and monitoring of fingerprint quality standards within the remit of the regulator.

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Digital forensic specialist group

This group assists in identifying requirements for new or improved quality standards, applying to the provision of digital forensics services to the police service and the wider criminal justice system.

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DNA analysis specialist group

This group reviews the standards in place as they apply to the National DNA Database and forensic DNA analysis more generally.

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End user specialist group

This group supports the regulator and the FSAC by undertaking a one-off study, leading to the specification of an end-user requirement for forensic science services.

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Forensic pathology specialist group

This group supports the regulator and the FSAC by providing advice on forensic pathology quality standards, reviewing current standards, proposing remedies for any shortcomings, developing and publishing guidance.

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Quality standards specialist group

This group supports the regulator and the FSAC by providing advice on all matters related to the preparation, implementation and monitoring of quality standards within the remit of the regulator.

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For previous minutes please go to the National Archives.

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