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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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Correspondence: Forensic Science Regulator newsletter: number 36

Correspondence: Forensic Science Regulator newsletter: number 36

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

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Guidance: Forensic pathology: audit protocol

Guidance: Forensic pathology: audit protocol

The protocol for the performance of the forensic pathology audit.

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Gary Pugh appointed Forensic Science Regulator for England and Wales

Gary Pugh appointed Forensic Science Regulator for England and Wales

The Regulator ensures that the provision of forensic science services across the Criminal Justice System complies with a high standard of scientific quality.

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Guidance: DNA relationship testing using autosomal short tandem repeats

Guidance: DNA relationship testing using autosomal short tandem repeats

Standards and guidance for those forensic practitioners providing relationship testing services using autosomal DNA short tandem repeat profiling.

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Guidance: Methods employing Rapid DNA devices

Guidance: Methods employing Rapid DNA devices

Automated Rapid DNA systems can include portable devices that can produce STR DNA profile results in under 2 hours for a small number of samples per run.

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Guidance: Y STR profiling

Guidance: Y STR profiling

Guidance for Y-STR analysis delivered into the criminal justice system in England and Wales.

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Dr Gillian Tully steps down as Forensic Science Regulator

Dr Gillian Tully steps down as Forensic Science Regulator

Rupert Shute to act as Interim Forensic Science Regulator.

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Guidance: Forensic science providers: codes of practice and conduct, 2021

Guidance: Forensic science providers: codes of practice and conduct, 2021

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

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Guidance: Joint statement guidance

Guidance: Joint statement guidance

Guidance on the process to create joint expert statements under Part 19.6 of the Criminal Procedure Rules.

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Guidance: Development of evaluative opinions

Guidance: Development of evaluative opinions

Sets out a standardised approach to formulating evaluative opinions used by forensic scientists in the criminal justice system.

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Corporate report: Forensic Science Regulator annual report 2020

Corporate report: Forensic Science Regulator annual report 2020

The Forensic Science Regulator annual report for 2019 to 2020.

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Forensic Science Regulator calls for change in final report

Forensic Science Regulator calls for change in final report

The Forensic Science Regulator has warned that parts of the sector remain in a precarious position and there is an urgent need for fundamental change.

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Corporate report: Forensic Science Regulator annual report 2020

Corporate report: Forensic Science Regulator annual report 2020

The Forensic Science Regulator annual report for 2019 to 2020.

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Guidance: Forensic science 'lessons learnt': issue 10

Guidance: Forensic science 'lessons learnt': issue 10

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

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Correspondence: Forensic Science Regulator newsletter: number 35

Correspondence: Forensic Science Regulator newsletter: number 35

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

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Guidance: Forensic Pathology   Excited delirium

Guidance: Forensic Pathology Excited delirium

Guidance on the use of excited delirium as a cause of death by forensic pathologists.

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Guidance: Forensic Pathology Excited delirium

Guidance: Forensic Pathology   Excited delirium

Guidance on the use of excited delirium as a cause of death by forensic pathologists.

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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 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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