The system aims to enable greater numbers of organisations gaining accreditation against ISO 17020 and 17025 within a supportive framework that reduces the impact on their resources.
The solution will allow the CSFS to implement and manage a bespoke quality management system in line with the required quality standards.
The system will allows users (scheme participating organisations of SPOs) to share and manage their quality management system utilising standard (core) documents produced and managed by CSFS; forms and processes which they can opt in to along with their own and other standard operating procedures, shared with collaborative partners.
Stuart Gunning, Business Development Director of Equiniti’s public sector software division, commented:
“We are delighted to be working with The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences in developing a new approach to quality management. We hope that a growing number of forensic organisations in the UK and globally will recognise how such supportive teamwork like this could empower their business and facilitate collaborative working.”
“The Forensic Science Regulator (FSR) has been clear in her wishes that industry participants recognise that there is equity in quality and that the same standard applies to all forensic units large and small. This platform allows smaller units to reach their goals more effectively.”
Dr Anya Hunt, Chief Executive Officer at the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, commented:
“Working with Equiniti over the past few months has helped us to truly create a bespoke system to achieve our goals. We have benefited from the team’s vast experience and expertise while implementing the quality management system.”
“We are excited that we can now take this service out to our members and showcase it, highlighting that we have listened to small forensic units in delivering a simple to use, cost effective and supportive quality management system enabling them to effectively work towards accreditation.”
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Notes to Editor:
Equiniti Group plc is a specialist administrator delivering technology-enabled solutions to some of the world’s best-known brands and UK’s largest public-sector organisations.
It is the UK’s leading provider of share registration, employee share plans, and associated investor services, and also has market leading positions in pension administration and software, and employee benefit schemes.
Equiniti’s services, which are delivered by over 5,000 employees, benefit 28 million people in the UK and 120 countries around the world.
About the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences is an internationally recognised professional body with members in over 60 countries.
The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences was originally founded as the Forensic Science Society back in 1959. Almost 60 years later it now boasts a worldwide membership and is internationally recognised as the professional body for forensic practice. The Society’s patron, The Hon Mr Justice Sweeney, is a High Court Judge has a wealth of experience in cases involving scientific issues.
In 2004, the Society became a professional body and the voice for forensic practitioners both in the UK and abroad. It was in 2014 that the Society was granted a Royal Charter and became The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. It is a registered charity, not for profit, whose structure is clearly laid out in the Charter and Bye laws.
The Chartered body is committed to integrity and impartiality. It aims to provide opportunities for practitioners, academics and interested parties to congregate, communicate and collaborate and is committed to providing opportunities for professional development.