Research and analysis

Forensic Archive Limited: triennial review

Report of the findings of the review into the operation of the Forensic Archive Limited, carried out in November 2015.


Review of the Forensic Archive Limited

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We carried out the Review of the Forensic Archive Limited (FAL) in accordance with Cabinet Office guidance which says that it is good practice for arms length bodies (like FAL) to be reviewed every 3 years.

The review sought to address 4 questions:

  • whether FAL’s functions were still needed
  • if so, whether FAL was the right body to deliver those functions
  • if so, whether any efficiency savings could be found
  • whether existing governance arrangements remained appropriate

The main recommendations are that the archive should continue to exist, that it should continue to be maintained by the FAL and that the Home Office should continue to fund it.

Read more information on the Forensic Archive.

Published 8 September 2016