Open consultation | Forensic science: draft statutory code of practice


This consultation seeks views on a draft code of practice (‘the code’) to be issued under the Forensic Science Regulator Act 2021. 

This consultation closes at

The draft code sets quality standard requirements for forensic science activities related to the investigation of crime and the criminal justice system in England and Wales.

The draft code applies to England and Wales, but the Regulator welcomes views from stakeholders from across the UK. The Regulator also welcomes views from forensic science units outside of England and Wales but to whom the code will apply in so far as they carry on activities within England and Wales.

Representations are welcome from:

  • forensic units from the 43 territorial police forces
  • commercial forensic science units
  • professional bodies
  • government departments
  • interested groups
  • the wider public

Following the consultation period, responses will be analysed, and the draft code will be revised as necessary. The code will then be sent to the Secretary of State for the Home Department for approval. Following this, the code will then be laid before Parliament for approval.

A response to this consultation exercise will be published on GOV.UK.