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.
Rapid Analysis of Drugs and Explosives
Government agencies across the globe are continuously evaluating security equipment used for Drugs and Explosives detection applications, which is a very expensive and time-consuming process. So we were very pleased to see in a recent paper by Tam et al that the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has advocated the use of the Mass Spec Analytical ‘Scentinel’ system to massively reduce the time required to obtain results.
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.
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.