CSFS Generic Quality Management System (GQMS)
In October 2017 The Forensic Science Regulator (FSR) published the Forensic Science providers Code of
Practice and Conduct 2017 (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/forensicscience-providers-codes-of-practice-
and-conduct-2017). This document identifies that there is a requirement that each Fire Investigation unit
working as a separate legal entity should gain accreditation against ISO 17020 by the deadline of October 2020.
Accreditation must also be compliant with these Codes of Practice and Conduct. ILAC G19 (https://ilac.org/
latest_ilac_news/ilac-g19082014-published/) is intended to provide guidance for forensic science units involved in
examination and inspection activities by proving application of ISO/IEC 17020. The Society believes that they are the
only organisation who are able to deliver such a system offering fully designed in compliance and expertise.
In 2016 the Society began discussions with the Forensic Science Regulator (FSR) and the UK Accreditation service
(UKAS) to establish if there was the opportunity for the Society to develop a Generic Quality Management System
(GQMS) that would support Sole Traders (STs), Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and small forensic units
sitting outside of core forensic facilities. The idea progressed with the recruitment in April 2017 of a dedicated
Quality and Competency Manager (Q&CM) and in April 2018 a Forensic Training Manager.
The Society has to this end developed a suite of documentation for use specifically by these bodies to support them in
their accreditation journeys. We now have suites of documents suitable for those seeking accreditation to both
ISO17020 and ISO 17025, the aim is to offer a supported Quality Management System (GQMS) to encourage
engagement with the accreditation process. We aim to enable participants to gain accreditation within a supportive
framework that reduces the impact on their resources so saving time away from fee earning, saving the cost of their
own quality manager and also potentially reducing UKAS costs by reducing the UKAS effort due to repeat assessment
of a number of the same elements.
Please contact the CEO Dr Anya Hunt (email@example.com) for more details.