This section provides information on the Forensic Science Regulator. The Regulator is a public appointee whose function is to ensure that the provision of forensic science services across the criminal justice system is subject to an appropriate regime of scientific quality standards.
In this section you will find regular updates on the work of the regulator, and how forensic science standards are being applied across the criminal justice system (CJS), including:
- quality standards applying to organisations and scientific processes
- guidelines for validating new developments in forensic science
- competence standards applying to individual forensic practitioners.
To be added to the Regulators' newsletter distribution list email Soheel Joosab.
Review of research and development in forensic science - how to contribute
James Brokenshire, minister for crime prevention, has announced a review of research and development in forensic science. The review will be conducted by Professor Bernard Silverman - Home Office Chief Scientific Adviser, and supported by Andrew Rennison - Forensic Science Regulator.
We are seeking contributions from interested parties to the review of research and development in forensic science.
- Read the terms of reference of the review
- Read specific guidance for forensic science providers
- Read specific guidance for researchers
- Read specific guidance for research funders
Quality standards for forensic science service providers
In July 2010 the Forensic Science Regulator posted a draft set of Codes of Practice and Conduct. The codes have now been revised based upon the feedback received. Read the revised draft Codes of Practice and Conduct
The seventeenth newsletter for stakeholders working with the Forensic Science Regulator is now available to download. Read the January 2011 newsletter
Contact the team
The Forensic Science Regulator, Jeff Adams, June Guiness and Simon Iveson have moved. Their new address is:
Home Office Forensic Science Regulation Unit
The rest of the team - Soheel Joosab, Kenny Chigbo and Christiana Shomefun - can still be found at the Home Office, 3rd floor, Seacole Building, Marsham Street.
The Forensic Science Regulator newsletters before September 2010 are available on The National Archives website under related documents on the right-hand side of the Forensic Science Regulator archived page (new window). Newsletters from September 2010 onwards can be found on the Reports and Publications page.
Forensic Science Regulation Unit
3rd floor, SW Quarter, Seacole Building
2 Marsham Street
Telephone: 020 7035 4848
Email the public enquiries team