Our forensic scientists have a broad range of scientific knowledge and expertise, which they can call upon to fulfill consultancy requests related to specific customer projects, such as forensic laboratory design and set-up. In the current climate with budgetary constraints, police forces are looking to make best use of their own resources and reduce their external forensic budgets. One way of doing this is to set up an in-house police forensic laboratory, capable of carrying out some of the casework, which would have previously been done by external private forensic laboratories.
Our scientists have considerable experience of planning and setting up forensic laboratories from scratch. Nearly every member of the team has set up a laboratory at some point with laboratory capabilities ranging from firearms testing to complex DNA analysis. Notably our principal scientist Anne Franc was responsible for setting up a forensic drugs laboratory (from initial design to implementation) for one of the largest providers of forensic services to police forces across the UK.
Consult with you about the type of forensic science laboratory facility you want, the space you have available and your budgeting criteria.
Plan and design the laboratory layout.
Advise on any major equipment and consumables needed to achieve your analytical objectives and estimate the budget required.
Bring any major equipment purchased into service.
Develop instrumental methods and validate them.
Write standard operating procedures.
Establish suitable QA systems suitable for UKAS accreditation.
Forensic Equity staff could, if desired, operate the laboratory on an external contractor basis.