News of an impressive achievement for the Digital Forensics lab, with ISO 17025 re-awarded for the 12th year in succession
CCL Forensics has announced that its Digital Forensics lab, Europe’s largest ISO 17025 accredited facility, has yet again achieved re-accreditation to the ISO 17025 standard and the Forensics Science Regulator's Codes of Practice and Conduct.
The achievement takes on particular significance this year as law enforcement and those working within the Criminal Justice System prepare for the Forensic Science Regulator’s Act 2021 to confer statutory powers in early 2023 - reinforcing the requirements for forensic science activities to be undertaken end-to-end in a manner that complies with the new Code of Practice. The ISO 17025 standard is seen as one of the simplest ways to demonstrate compliance with the Code.
Commenting on the news CCL’s CEO Noel McMenamin said:
“Anyone who has experienced a UKAS audit knows that it is as far from a box ticking exercise as you can get! Maintaining our accreditation year in, year out, with such positive feedback from the auditing team, really does underscore our sustained commitment to gold standards of investigation. And with the forthcoming statutory obligation to comply with the FSR’s Code of Practice or risk inadmissibility of, or legal challenge to, any digital evidence presented, we are finally at a point where ISO 17025 becomes a real differentiator, and not just a quality mark.
“As ever, sincere thanks are due to the CCL team, led by Director of Operations Darren Powney and Quality Manager Karen Sabin, for keeping us at this highest of performance levels and in the front rank of digital forensics providers.”