The work of the Biometrics Commissioner and the Forensic Science Regulator
The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has recently reported on the work of the Biometrics Commissioner and the Forensic Science Regulator in their Nineteenth Report of Session 2017–19 Report. Here is that report together with formal minutes relating to it.
Unfortunatly it states the same as it has been doing for some time now that…
In the face of an unstable forensics market which has been on the brink of collapse, and the clear need to uphold quality standards across forensic services, the Regulator—now more than ever—needs statutory powers. The Government professes to “strongly support” the Forensic Science Regulator Bill yet it has not taken any active steps to facilitate its passage through Parliament. Nor are we reassured that it has contingency plans in place to ensure a similar Bill is afforded a legislative slot in the next Parliamentary session. This is unacceptable. The Government has failed to show leadership and pass what is ultimately an uncontroversial piece of legislation but which is vital for the effective administration of justice.
The Home Office should apply for a legislative slot for a Forensic Science Regulator Bill in the next Parliamentary Session and not rely on backbench Members to get the Bill through Parliament. Legislation is needed not only to put the Forensic Science Regulator on a statutory footing but also on the use of forensics in the civil and family courts.
The Bill should include:
i) Prohibition on the police using non-accredited laboratories; and
ii) All in-house police laboratories should be accredited within a year.
Click here to read the report