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Consultation outcome: Forensic medical examination: assessment, collection and recording of forensic evidence

Consultation outcome: Forensic medical examination: assessment, collection and recording of forensic evidence

We are seeking views on the draft guidance document 'Forensic medical examination: assessment, collection and recording of forensic evidence'.

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Consultation outcome: Forensic medical exam standard for sexual assault complainants

Consultation outcome: Forensic medical exam standard for sexual assault complainants

A call for specialist views on the "Forensic medical examination standard for adult and child sexual assault complainants".

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Forensic Science Regulator honoured with CBE

Forensic Science Regulator honoured with CBE

Dr Gillian Tully has been honoured with a CBE for her services to forensic science.

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Guidance: Regulatory Notice 03/2020: Deadline for accreditation of incident scene investigation

Guidance: Regulatory Notice 03/2020: Deadline for accreditation of incident scene investigation

This Regulatory Notice has been issued to update forensic units that the deadline for accreditation of incident scene investigation is now 1 October 2021.

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Guidance: Forensic science 'lessons learnt': issue 9

Guidance: Forensic science 'lessons learnt': issue 9

The Forensic Science Regulator publishes lessons that can be learnt from quality failings.

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Guidance: Method validation in digital forensics

Guidance: Method validation in digital forensics

Provides guidance and advice on validation stages and how the process can be applied within the digital forensic sciences.

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Guidance: Forensic science providers: validation

Guidance: Forensic science providers: validation

Guidance on the requirements for method validation in the codes of practice and conduct.

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Guidance: Forensic science 'lessons learnt': issue 3

Guidance: Forensic science 'lessons learnt': issue 3

The Forensic Science Regulator publishes lessons that can be learnt from quality failings.

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Guidance: Forensic gait analysis: code of practice

Guidance: Forensic gait analysis: code of practice

Code of practice produced by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences' Forensic Gait Analysis Working Group in collaboration with the College of Podiatry.

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Guidance: Cell site analysis

Guidance: Cell site analysis

Guidance for forensic service providers on using cell site data.

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Guidance: Guidance: provision of human tissue to the defence

Guidance: Guidance: provision of human tissue to the defence

Guidance for forensic pathologists in England and Wales acting for the defence in criminal investigations or prosecutions.

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Guidance: Drug driving: use of legal limits, issue 2

Guidance: Drug driving: use of legal limits, issue 2

Guidance on using legal limits in the prosecution of drug-driving offences.

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Guidance: Interpreting DNA evidence

Guidance: Interpreting DNA evidence

The regulator commissioned advice on the interpretation of DNA evidence.

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Guidance: Bloodstain pattern analysis: codes of practice

Guidance: Bloodstain pattern analysis: codes of practice

Guidance on the requirements of bloodstain pattern analysis.

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Guidance: DNA analysis: codes of practice and conduct

Guidance: DNA analysis: codes of practice and conduct

Appendix to the codes of practice for forensic science providers covering DNA analysis services.

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Guidance: Crime scene DNA: anti contamination guidance

Guidance: Crime scene DNA: anti contamination guidance

Guidance on how to avoid contaminating DNA evidence at crime scenes.

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Guidance: Fingerprint examination: terminology, definitions and acronyms

Guidance: Fingerprint examination: terminology, definitions and acronyms

This document provides terminology, definitions and abbreviations used in friction ridge detail (fingerprint) examination.

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Guidance: Fingerprint examination: terminology, definitions and acronyms

Guidance: Fingerprint examination: terminology, definitions and acronyms

This document provides terminology, definitions and abbreviations used in friction ridge detail (fingerprint) examination.

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Guidance: Fingerprint comparison

Guidance: Fingerprint comparison

Appendix to the codes providing additional guidance on friction ridge (fingerprint) detail examination.

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Guidance: Fingermark visualisation and imaging

Guidance: Fingermark visualisation and imaging

Appendix to the codes providing additional guidance on friction ridge detail visualisation processes, fingermark image capture and image processing.

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Guidance: Allele frequency databases and reporting for DNA profiling

Guidance: Allele frequency databases and reporting for DNA profiling

The regulator’s DNA specialist group has produced allele frequency databases and reporting guidance for DNA profiling.

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Guidance: Sexual assault referral centres and custodial facilities: DNA anti contamination

Guidance: Sexual assault referral centres and custodial facilities: DNA anti contamination

Guidance on how to minimize the risk of DNA contamination in sexual assault referral centres and custodial settings.

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Guidance: Forensic image comparison and interpretation evidence: issue 2

Guidance: Forensic image comparison and interpretation evidence: issue 2

Guidance for investigators and prosecutors on image analysis.

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Guidance: Legal issues in forensic pathology and tissue retention: issue 3 guidance

Guidance: Legal issues in forensic pathology and tissue retention: issue 3 guidance

The Forensic Science Regulator published guidance on legal issues surrounding tissue handling and forensic pathology in 2012. This guidance has been updated.

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Guidance: Completing the ‘history’ section of a forensic pathologist’s report

Guidance: Completing the ‘history’ section of a forensic pathologist’s report

Guidance on the information to be contained in the report produced by a forensic pathologist operating in England and Wales.

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Guidance: Legal issues in forensic pathology and tissue retention: issue 4 guidance

Guidance: Legal issues in forensic pathology and tissue retention: issue 4 guidance

The Forensic Science Regulator published guidance on legal issues surrounding tissue handling and forensic pathology in 2012. This guidance has been updated.

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Consultation outcome: Control of data: proposed new text for the codes of practice and conduct

Consultation outcome: Control of data: proposed new text for the codes of practice and conduct

Views were sought on potential new text for the Control of Data section of the Regulator's codes of practice and conduct.

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Guidance: Update to the “control of data” section of the codes of practice

Guidance: Update to the “control of data” section of the codes of practice

FSR Regulatory Notice 02/2020.

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Guidance: Proficiency testing guidance: DNA mixture analysis and interpretation

Guidance: Proficiency testing guidance: DNA mixture analysis and interpretation

Guidelines for proficiency tests used in the assessment of DNA mixture analysis and interpretation methods.

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Guidance: Fingerprint research and development considerations

Guidance: Fingerprint research and development considerations

Guidance on identifiying areas for prioritising research into fingerprint examination.

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Guidance: Sexual assault examination: requirements for forensic science related evidence

Guidance: Sexual assault examination: requirements for forensic science related evidence

Guidance on the requirements for the assessment, collection and recording of forensic science related evidence during sexual assault examinations.

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Guidance: Sexual assault examination: guidance for forensic science related evidence

Guidance: Sexual assault examination: guidance for forensic science related evidence

Guidance for the assessment, collection and recording of forensic science related evidence in sexual assault examinations.

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Guidance: Non expert technical statements: issue 2

Guidance: Non expert technical statements: issue 2

Guidance on the content of non-expert technical statements within the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales.

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Guidance: Expert report content: issue 4

Guidance: Expert report content: issue 4

Guidance on the content of reports issued by expert witnesses in the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales.

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Guidance: Expert report content: issue 3

Guidance: Expert report content: issue 3

Guidance on the content of reports issued by expert witnesses in the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales.

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Guidance: Non expert technical statements

Guidance: Non expert technical statements

Guidance on the content of non-expert technical statements within the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales.

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Guidance: Image enhancement and image comparison: provision of opinion

Guidance: Image enhancement and image comparison: provision of opinion

FSR Regulatory Notice 01/2019.

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Correspondence: Forensic Science Regulator newsletter: number 34

Correspondence: Forensic Science Regulator newsletter: number 34

Forensic Science Regulator newsletters cover issues of interest and relevance to forensic science practitioners.

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Guidance: Legal obligations: issue 8

Guidance: Legal obligations: issue 8

Guidance on the obligations placed on expert witnesses in the criminal justice system in England and Wales.

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Guidance: Forensic science providers: codes of practice and conduct, 2017

Guidance: Forensic science providers: codes of practice and conduct, 2017

Revised codes of conduct and practice for forensic science providers and practitioners in the criminal justice system.

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Guidance: Forensic science providers: codes of practice and conduct, 2020

Guidance: Forensic science providers: codes of practice and conduct, 2020

Revised codes of conduct and practice for forensic science providers and practitioners in the criminal justice system.

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Guidance: Effect of COVID 19 pandemic on accreditation

Guidance: Effect of COVID 19 pandemic on accreditation

FSR Regulatory Notice 01/2020.

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Corporate report: Forensic Science Regulator annual report 2019

Corporate report: Forensic Science Regulator annual report 2019

The Forensic Science Regulator annual report for 2018 to 2019.

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Corporate report: Forensic Science Regulator annual report 2019

Corporate report: Forensic Science Regulator annual report 2019

The Forensic Science Regulator annual report for 2018 to 2019.

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Forensic Science Regulator highlights threats to criminal justice

Forensic Science Regulator highlights threats to criminal justice

The 2019 report from the regulator emphasised the risk that skills shortages within forensic science pose to the future of the sector.

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