There is a widely recognised need to ensure that the quality of forensic expert evidence is of a suitable standard. When the Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners (CRFP) was abolished, the Society was approached by a small group of Forensic Podiatrists who had previously been registered with CRPF and who were looking for an alternative. The Society worked with them to develop a robust, fit for purpose certification model that tested their knowledge and competence to practice as a Forensic Podiatrist. Discussions within the group and within the wider forensic community gave the consensus view that there should be standard model that could be applied to the testing of competence in all Forensic disciplines. In each case the test should be designed to test the competence of an individual to carry out their specific role.
Knowledge and understanding of the role of the expert witness, their limitation and duties to the court.
Knowledge and understanding of the technical aspects of the role.
The ability to carry out the technical practicalities of the role and reach valid opinions.
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The Society's competence model has largely been designed for SMEs and Sole Traders who do not currently have formal accreditation to the appropriate ISO standards and are looking for independent support on the road to accreditation. The assessment of competence is a direct route to being held on the Society's formal register of accredited experts As well as Sole Traders interest will be welcomed from individuals working for large forensic providers who wish to demonstrate a commitment to CPD and personal professional competence. If you are interested in the assessment process and would like to be included in the next Special Interest Group, please register your interest by detailing your area of subject specialism to email@example.com
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