New chartered body for global forensic sciences to be based in Harrogate

14 April 2014

A new UK-based chartered body for forensic scientists around the world will be launched on 29 April 2014.

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, which will be head-quartered in Harrogate, North Yorkshire and will seek to drive forward global standards in scientific and criminal investigation, officially launches at the Forensics Europe Expo at Olympia in London.

The move follows the granting of a Royal Charter to the Forensic Science Society and will give the organisation the ability to grant its members chartered status. The Society has been representing those working in the field of forensic science for 55 years and its current membership extends across 60 countries.

Crime writers PD James and Lynda La Plante will be among those attending the launch along with senior British and European crime scene investigators, scientists and members of the judiciary.

The Society’s President, Dr Ann Priston OBE, said chartered status was a “hugely important step forward” for the Society.

Dr Priston said: As one of the most significant milestones in a long and proud history becoming a chartered body will only add to the Society’s ability to increase the standing of our profession, continue to raise standards and to support the civil and criminal justice systems as we have done for many years.

It underlines our longstanding commitment to integrity and impartiality within forensic science and acknowledges the expertise within our organisation which is so valued by the courts.

Science will always have a crucial role to play in criminal investigations and new areas of research mean our members are now having an impact in all sorts of areas – the art world, forensic accounting, archaeology and technology.

With this in mind it seemed appropriate to launch our new chartered status at the Forensics Europe Expo which will bring together professionals from all these sectors and more.

  • The Forensic Science Society is an international professional body with members in over 60 countries.
  • Its headquarters are in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
  • The Forensic Science Society was founded in 1959 and, with a worldwide membership, is the international professional body for forensic practice.
  • The Society’s patron is the High Court Judge, The Hon Mr Justice Sweeney who has a wealth of experience in cases involving scientific issues.
  • In 2004, the Forensic Science Society became a professional body, and the voice for Forensic Practitioners, both in the UK and abroad.
  • The Society is a registered charity.
  • The Society provides education and training, supports and encourages research and development and promotes regulation in forensic science and practice.
  • Its main roles are to provide the mechanism for professional study and qualifications, facilitate professional development, promote professionalism and act as an international forensic voice.

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