MSA is a UKAS accredited testing laboratory (number 2672), accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2005. This is a well-recognised, international standard and it forms the basis of the Forensic Regulator’s Standard. Accreditation is highly desirable for all forensic service providers in the UK.
Although the company is the only laboratory to hold accreditation with UKAS for the detection of controlled substances on banknotes, MSA has pursued accreditation in other, traditional, avenues of forensic science. The laboratory has held accreditation for several years and is continually augmenting its list of accredited activities to cover more and more types of analysis, ranging from blood alcohol determinations to bulk drug analyses. A current schedule of these activities can be found on the UKAS website by clicking here.
Accreditation in the UK means that the policies and procedures employed by the company are vetted by an independent body. A grant of accreditation is a stamp of approval, demonstrating MSA’s commitment to service quality and providing assurance to customers – mainly from the criminal justice system – that all analyses are undertaken in a controlled manner by skilled scientists. Scientists at MSA all abide by the codes of conduct of the forensic science society, presenting evidence professionally and impartially.
Drug menace off the streets
A significant, longstanding figure within the drug dealing fraternity in Scotland has recently been found guilty by a majority verdict.
Mass Spec Analytical on the road
Over the past few months, MSA experts has been on the road providing training and educational talks to over 35 different law enforcement groups throughout the UK.
Case study spotlight
Drug Trafficking/Money Laundering Operation: Drugs on money
The Operation was a long running international drug smuggling operation resulting in the seizure of more than 12 tons of controlled drugs with an estimated street value in excess of £61 million.