The regulation of forensic science in the UK

Research Institution / Organisation

Northumbria University

Principal Researcher

Emmanuel Nsiah Amoako

Level of Research


Project Start Date

October 2017

Research Context

​The oversight responsibilities of the Forensic Science Regulator, since its creation in 2008, to ensure high-quality standard in the delivery of forensic science in the UK, has been without a statutory backing. This research will examine the current regulatory regime of forensic science in the UK. It aims to assess the role of the Forensic Science Regulator in regulating forensic science providers in the UK and the need for a statutory power given to the Regulator in ensuring compliance with the Codes of practice and conducts by providers.

Research Methodology

​The research will involve a survey design where questionnaires will be administered to stakeholders of forensic science in the UK e.g. forensic science service providers, police forces, the judicial system, academics and other relevant stakeholders to consolidate knowledge on the administration of the statutory mandate to the Regulator and her codes of conduct and practice.

Interim reports and publications

​Not available

Date due for completion

January 2021
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