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Police: Laboratories

Home Department written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Graham Stringer Graham Stringer Labour, Blackley and Broughton

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her latest estimate is of the number of police laboratories that will be accredited to ISO17025 by November 2013.

Photo of Jeremy Browne Jeremy Browne The Minister of State, Home Department

holding answer 18 July 2013

37% of police forces currently hold accreditation to ISO 17025, this is predicted to increase to over 60% by November 2013 as a number of forces finalise the recommendations made by the awarding body, United Kingdom Accreditation Service. A number of forces have however decided to outsource this activity to commercial forensic service providers, who already hold ISO 17025, either on a short- or long-term basis.

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