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How We Work

Forensic Services deliver world-leading, high-quality and value-for-money forensic services to meet the needs of our criminal justice partners.


The majority of the work of Forensic Services has been accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) for more than 20 years. 

Forensic Services is committed to: delivering an impartial forensic service in keeping with good professional practice; continually developing the range, quality and cost-effectiveness of these services to meet customer requirements

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Biometrics Code of Practice

All scientists and staff at Forensic Services are required to comply with the Scottish Biometrics Commissioner’s Code of Practice on the acquisition, retention, use and destruction of biometric data for criminal justice and police purposes.

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Defence Access Policy

The Forensic Services Defence Access policy has been developed to ensure that defence agents and independent forensic science experts have consistent, fair and transparent access to productions and specific information held by the organisation.

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