Fit for purpose quality management system for military forensic exploitation

Lauren Elizabeth Wilson, Michelle Elizabeth Gahan, James Robertson, Chris Lennard

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Abstract

In a previous publication we described a systems approach to forensic science applied in the military domain. The forensic science 'system of systems' describes forensic science as a sub-system in the larger criminal justice, law enforcement, intelligence, and military systems, with quality management being an important supporting system. Quality management systems help to ensure that organisations achieve their objective and continually improve their capability. Components of forensic science quality management systems can include standardisation of processes, accreditation of facilities to national/international standards, and certification of personnel. A fit for purpose quality management system should be balanced to allow organisations to meet objectives, provide continuous improvement; mitigate risk; and impart a positive quality culture. Considerable attention over the last decades has been given to the need for forensic science quality management systems to meet criminal justice and law enforcement objectives. More recently, the need for the forensic quality management systems to meet forensic intelligence objectives has been considered. This paper, for the first time, discusses the need for a fit for purpose quality management system for military forensic exploitation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-140
Number of pages5
JournalForensic Science International
Volume284
Early online date12 Jan 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018

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