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All the suppliers used by the MPS under the Mass managed service contract are either compliant with ISO17025 (for some or all of the work that they undertake on its behalf) or are working towards ISO17025 accreditation for those areas. This reflects the status of the Met’s internal digital forensic laboratories and the status of the commercial digital forensic marketplace as a whole. All suppliers (and Mass itself) work to internal Quality Management Systems (QMS) that interact with the MPS’s QMS to manage quality, errors, risks and complaints.
The status of accreditation for each supplier is monitored by Mass and is reported at monthly MPS/Mass board meetings.
Until the market has sufficient capacity to provide all Digital Forensic activities within ISO17025 accreditation, the MPS will continue to manage the risk of work being undertaken outside the scope of accreditation through this quality management process.
A declaration is included in statements to the CJS which articulates compliance/ or not with ISO17025.