Forensic Regulator shares information
The Forensic Regulator attended the UK-AFI Training Conference this week and shared some information about free resources that were available to assist in the adoption of Standards.
Regulator’s website www.gov.uk/government/organisations/forensic-science-regulator
Regulator’s Codes of Practice & Conduct: www.gov.uk/government/publications/forensic-science-providers-codes-of-p...
Additional validation guidance: www.gov.uk/government/publications/forensic-science-providers-validation
ILAC G19 international guidance on adoption of ISO 17025 and ISO 17020 for forensic science: http://ilac.org/latest_ilac_news/ilac-g19082014-published/UKAS RG-201:
Accreditation of Bodies Carrying out Scene of Crime Investigation https://www.ukas.com/download/publications/RG%20201.pdf
Government launches new Office for Product Safety and Standards
The government has announced the creation of a new national oversight body tasked with identifying consumer risks and managing responses to large-scale product recalls and repairs.
The new Office for Product Safety and Standards will enable the UK to meet the evolving challenges of product safety by responding to expanding international trade, the growth in online shopping and the increasing rate of product innovation.
Today’s announcement comes as part of the government’s response to the Working Group on Product Recalls and Safety. Established in October 2016 by former Consumer Minister Margot James, the group of product and fire safety experts was brought together to build on the recommendations made by Lynn Faulds Wood in her independent review into consumer product recalls.
In addition to providing support and advice for local authority Trading Standards teams, the office will co-ordinate work across local authorities where action is needed on a national scale and will ensure the UK continues to carry out appropriate border checks on imported products once the UK leaves the European Union. Link https://www.gov.uk/government/
2018 Annual Training Conference & AGM 29 - 31 Jan 2018
The 2018 Annual Training Conference & AGM will be held at Latimer Place, Chesham, Bucks HP5 1UG. Some of the training subjects will include, Marine fires, Photovoltaic Systems, Marijuana oil fires, Assuring Quality in Fire Investigation (the Forensic Regualtor) and a whole day dedicated to fires involving White Goods.
Please see the link to the event flyer and further details in the Seminars section of this website.
CFOA/NFCC Consultation Request:
The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC - formally known as CFOA) have requested that the the text below is circulated to the fire investigation community along with a consultation document, which relates to the proposed fire scene investigator competency requirements for investigations which are under the criminal justice system. The document is available at this link: https://www.uk-afi.org/sites/default/files/field/page/cfoa_competencies_for_fire_scene_investigators_1.pdf
"Can you please pass on the attached CFOA/NFCC 'Competencies for Fire Scene Investigators' document to all relevant personnel involved in Fire Scene Investigation ..."
HM Government announces an update relating to the Grenfell Tower fire in the "Acting on Product Safety" area of its website
HM Government has established an area of its website which is dedicated to product recalls. The website provides links to the product recall databases hosted by Electrical Safety First website, the UK-AFI website and the 'recent' product recalls published on the Chartered Trading Standards Institute website. Please use this link to access the HM Government Product Recalls area and the Grenfell Tower announcement.
Use this link to go to the Chartered Trading Standards Institute website where recenly published prodcut recalls are listed.
Use this link to go to the fire and electrical defect related Product Recalls on this website which has Product Recalls dating back to 1996 and are searchable by product type and manufacturer. In addition, results can be filtered by date.
Standing Order Forms and Online Membership payments
If you haven't set up your Standing Order form for your annual subscription, or paid online, you may no longer be a member of the UK-AFI. After a generous break, membership subscriptions re-started in June 2016, and are set at a modest £35.00.p.a. The link for individual membership is: http://www.uk-afi.org/become-member. Alternativly, you can pay for your annual membership online via this link: http://www.uk-afi.org/repay-membership
4 November 2016
Link to East Sussex 'Black Museum' website.
The Community Fire Safety Department of East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service have published a website that highlights the dangers of real life fires click here 'Black Museum' or see the link in our Useful Links.