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A review of the current quality standards framework supporting forensic science: Risks and opportunities

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Abstract The publication and implementation of the latest editions of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 and ISO/International Electrochemical Commission (IEC) 17025:2017 together with the recent publication of the first book on quality management in forensic science provide an opportunity for this review. It details the changes to the structure, content and scope of the latest editions and assesses the impact on forensic science. Key terms are defined and explained. The review examines the effectiveness of the quality standards framework (QSF) supporting forensic science in the regions of Australia and New Zealand, Europe and North America. The concept of a hierarchy is introduced as a means of classifying standards to better navigate the crowded landscape. The main body of the review identifies risks to the QSF and opportunities for improvement. This article is categorized under: Forensic Science in Action/Crime Scene Investigation > Education and Formation Forensic Chemistry and Trace Evidence > Presentation and Evaluation of Forensic Science Output Jurisprudence and Regulatory Oversight > Expert Evidence and Narrative Forensic Biology > Interpretation of Biological Evidence
Accrediting bodies grant accreditation to CABs against the International Standards for the specified conformity assessment activities. Note: Accrediting bodies are peer evaluated by other accrediting bodies for conformance to ISO/IEC 17011 and are signatories to a mutual recognition agreement facilitating the exchange of cross border information and supporting the aim of products and services being delivered to the same standard irrespective of origin
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A hierarchy of standards
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The forensic science process—An alternative
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The forensic science process
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Forensic Biology > Interpretation of Biological Evidence
Jurisprudence and Regulatory Oversight > Expert Evidence and Narrative
Forensic Chemistry and Trace Evidence > Presentation and Evaluation of Forensic Science Output
Forensic Science in Action/Crime Scene Investigation > Education and Formation

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