Proficiency Test Rounds Now Available

We now have Proficiency Test kits for Scheduled and On Demand rounds (click on the names to find out more).

Quality Accreditation

In November 2017 we were awarded accreditation to “ISO/IEC 17043:2010 Conformity assessment — General requirements for proficiency testing” for our Biological Materials Scheme (for identification of blood, semen and saliva on swatches of material and exhibits). You can see the scope of the accreditation on the UKAS website: Forensic Proficiency Testing Services ISO 17043 Accreditation.


Scheduled Rounds

Scheduled Rounds are available for a fixed time only, with a deadline to return your results. Our report of your performance will include an inter-laboratory comparison of all other participants (anonymised).

Biological Materials

We are currently designing a Body Fluids on Items scheduled round to include individual tests for blood, semen and saliva.  This is planned to go on sale later this year with dispatch at the end of January.  Watch this space or click here to register your details and receive an update when the tests go on sale.

We also continue to provide bespoke biology proficiency tests based on your precise requirements.  Please contact us if you require further information or are considering your own bespoke test.

Digital Forensics

Computer Hard Disk Drive - Scheduled - NOV 2019 (STANDARD)

This Computer Hard Drive Proficiency Test has been designed to test the proficiency of participants in:

  • the imaging of a computer hard drive
  • searching the imaged data for specified file contents

This Proficiency Test offers two products which can be chosen to match the work carried out in participants’ laboratories.

We have designed the tests to assess the ability of participants to receive a desktop computer, disassemble it and image the hard drive. A further test is then to obtain and report on specific data and image types held on the hard drive.

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Computer Hard Disk Drive - Scheduled - NOV 2019 (ENHANCED)

 This Computer Hard Drive Proficiency Test has been designed to test the proficiency of participants in: 

  • the imaging of a computer hard drive 
  • searching the imaged data for specified file contents 

This Proficiency Test offers two products which can be chosen to match the work carried out in participants’ laboratories. 

We have designed the tests to assess the ability of participants to receive a hard drive and to image it. A further test is then to obtain and report on specific data and image types held on the hard drive. 

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Imaging and Examining Data on Removable Media - NOV 2019

 This removable media Proficiency Test has been designed to test the proficiency of participants in: 

  • the imaging of a SD card and USB flash drive 
  • searching the imaged data for specified file contents 

We have designed the test to assess the ability of participants to receive both a SD card and USB flash drive and to image them. Further to this, participants are asked to then obtain and report on specific data and image types held on the devices. 

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On Demand Rounds

On-Demand Rounds are available over a much longer period. They are also ideal for internal training, competency testing and validation exercises.

Mobile Phone Data

This kit consists of a USB flash drive containing files extracted from 2 different mobile phones, plus other supporting files. Two different kits are available in this Round offering Standard and Enhanced options, reflecting different types of operations undertaken in digital forensics labs.
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Bespoke Proficiency Tests

We offer a Bespoke Proficiency Test service, where we design and manage a Proficiency or Competency Test Round according to your own requirements. We can offer closed rounds for you to run in-house only, or we can invite other interested organisations to also take part so that we have the chance of producing a meaningful Inter-Laboratory Comparison report.

For more information and to discuss your requirements, please contact FPTS.


Validation / Training / Competency Testing Kits

Some of the FPTS products are ideal for organisations carrying our validation, training or competency testing. For example, our Biology Scheme: “Identification of body fluids on swatches of material”.

We can supply many of the FPTS products as validation, training, competency testing items. Many of these can be tailored to your own needs, frequency, etc. Please contact FPTS if you wish to discuss this in more detail and to see how we can assist you.