KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Quality standards in forensic science: a review of progress, learning and next steps
When it comes to forensic science quality, how good are we, what are the gaps and how do we improve? It is easy to measure which of our forensic science provision holds accreditation to specific quality standards and which has failed to do so. But what has the impact been? What practice has changed as a result? This presentation will consider the examples of digital forensics and fingerprint comparison, assessing whether or how practice is improving.
However, we need to move beyond compliance. How we can build on basic quality assurance towards delivering the best quality forensic science in a way that is proportionate to the needs of the whole Criminal Justice System? What could the future of forensic science quality be?