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Forensic regulator will have teeth, Home Office says

The Home Office has said it “strongly supports” guaranteeing the scientific standards of forensic science services, after concerns over the likelihood of the forensic science regulator bill becoming legislation.

The bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 9 March, would ensure that the provision of forensic science services across the criminal justice system is subject to a regime of scientific quality standards, the Home Office said on 15 October. The draft legislation will allow the Forensic Science Regulator to take enforcement action against forensic science providers that do not meet standards, the department added.

“The government strongly supports the introduction of the forensic science regulator bill and its aim to put the regulator on a statutory footing,” the Home Office said in response to a report by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee.

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