Accreditation and Quality Assurance

, Volume 2, Issue 5, pp 216–223 | Cite as

Quality assurance in forensic science: the UK situation

  • Terry Antony Gough


 The contribution to the debate on the quality of forensic science in the UK by various bodies including government, professional and accreditation organisations, is discussed. The practical steps that have been taken over many years to improve quality and to ensure that there are well-documented systems in place are considered. These include laboratory quality systems, proficiency testing and the training of forensic scientists.

Key words Forensic science Accreditation Certification Professional competence Academic and vocational qualifications 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Terry Antony Gough
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  1. 1.King's College London, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS UK Tel.: +44 171 873 2601 Fax: +44 171 873 2285GB

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