Bericon Forensics
Bericon Forensics
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  • Fires are unpredictable things, and the recent fire at Grenfell Tower shows how even the experts can be caught out. Basically, fires burn upwards since the heat they generate causes the air above the fire to expand, lowering its density and therefore floating upwards like a helium balloon.  Fresh air is then drawn in at the... The post Unpredictable Fires appeared first on Bericon.

Bericon Forensics
Bericon Forensics
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  • The recent forensic scandal involving blood drug testing http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39860639 and Jerry Hayes blog http://jerryhayes.co.uk/ regarding DNA testing of a gun has once again highlighted the perilous state of forensic science provision in the UK. An associate of mine who worked for the Forensic Science Service, which closed in 2012, predicted that there would be a... The post Forensick...

Bericon Forensics
Bericon Forensics
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  • New (or novel) Psychoactive Substances (NPSs) Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPSs) also known as “designer drugs”, “herbal highs”, “research chemicals” and “legal highs” comprise an ever-increasing number of chemical, pharmaceutical and herbal drugs often advertised as “legal” and “safer” alternatives to internationally controlled drugs. NPSs may share with these latter illicit substances common w...

Bericon Forensics
Bericon Forensics
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  • Driving under the influence of drugs, either illicit or prescription, has been an offence for many years but before March 2015, the Crown had to establish that the individual was impaired to drive. Historically about 40% of proceedings in Magistrates Courts for drug driving were withdrawn or dismissed. The comparable figure for drink driving was... The post Defending a Drug Driving case? appeared ...

Bericon Forensics
Bericon Forensics
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  • It’s often said that the quality of any forensic work is only as good as the quality of what’s happened before an item gets to the laboratory. In the not-too-distant past, when items such as clothing or footwear were seized from an individual, the exhibit bags would remain sealed until the items arrived at the... The post Shopping bag or exhibit bag? appeared first on Bericon.

Bericon Forensics
Bericon Forensics
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  • There is a mixture of fear and disbelief among the forensic community about what may have happened at the Randox lab in Manchester and at the moment an additional level of uncertainty about what actually happened. We know that mistakes happen but the inclusion of rigid quality ISO and UKAS procedures and the need for... The post I thought that this only happened in the US appeared first on Bericon...

Bericon Forensics
Bericon Forensics
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  • There have been many attempts over the years to impose some sort of quality control over the provision of forensic science services to criminal defence solicitors. The advent of the Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners (CRFP) in 2000 was the last real attempt to create a system which gave confidence in the expert... The post Quality Matters in Forensic Science appeared first on B...

Bericon Forensics
Bericon Forensics
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  • The Government are seemingly euphoric after the publication of drug driving data in December 2015. The campaign, which ran from December 1 – 31, saw 1888 drug screening devices administered by officers  with nearly 50 per cent of people stopped found to be under the influence of drugs.  More people were detected in December than... The post Roadside Drug Testing – Is it all it’s cracked-up to be? ...

Bericon Forensics
Bericon Forensics
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  • Any publicly funded expert recognises the need to protect public money. I’m also sure that most experts and the legal profession have “experienced” the LAA application process for the funding of expert evidence which can often be inconsistent . However a recent case has demonstrated that seemingly Courts believe that they have a role in in the... The post Money-saving madness: Court decides on whi...

Bericon Forensics
Bericon Forensics
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  • In these times of public spending cutbacks it is particularly interesting how a Government can seemingly put a value on something as important as forensic science where its financial costs are, I believe, in inverse proportion to its importance to justice. The post of Forensic Regulator was set-up nearly ten years to ensure “that the provision of... The post Forensick Science – Putting a price on ...

Bericon Forensics
Bericon Forensics
Blog Post
  • Fires are unpredictable things, and the recent fire at Grenfell Tower shows how even the experts can be caught out. Basically, fires burn upwards since the heat they generate causes the air above the fire to expand, lowering its density and therefore floating upwards like a helium balloon.  Fresh air is then drawn in at the... The post Unpredictable Fires appeared first on Bericon.

Bericon Forensics
Bericon Forensics
Blog Post
  • The recent forensic scandal involving blood drug testing http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39860639 and Jerry Hayes blog http://jerryhayes.co.uk/ regarding DNA testing of a gun has once again highlighted the perilous state of forensic science provision in the UK. An associate of mine who worked for the Forensic Science Service, which closed in 2012, predicted that there would be a... The post Forensick...

Bericon Forensics
Bericon Forensics
Blog Post
  • New (or novel) Psychoactive Substances (NPSs) Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPSs) also known as “designer drugs”, “herbal highs”, “research chemicals” and “legal highs” comprise an ever-increasing number of chemical, pharmaceutical and herbal drugs often advertised as “legal” and “safer” alternatives to internationally controlled drugs. NPSs may share with these latter illicit substances common w...

Bericon Forensics
Bericon Forensics
Blog Post
  • Driving under the influence of drugs, either illicit or prescription, has been an offence for many years but before March 2015, the Crown had to establish that the individual was impaired to drive. Historically about 40% of proceedings in Magistrates Courts for drug driving were withdrawn or dismissed. The comparable figure for drink driving was... The post Defending a Drug Driving case? appeared ...

Bericon Forensics
Bericon Forensics
Blog Post
  • It’s often said that the quality of any forensic work is only as good as the quality of what’s happened before an item gets to the laboratory. In the not-too-distant past, when items such as clothing or footwear were seized from an individual, the exhibit bags would remain sealed until the items arrived at the... The post Shopping bag or exhibit bag? appeared first on .

Bericon Forensics
Bericon Forensics
Blog Post
  • There is a mixture of fear and disbelief among the forensic community about what may have happened at the Randox lab in Manchester and at the moment an additional level of uncertainty about what actually happened. We know that mistakes happen but the inclusion of rigid quality ISO and UKAS procedures and the need for... The post I thought that this only happened in the US appeared first on .

Bericon Forensics
Bericon Forensics
Blog Post
  • There have been many attempts over the years to impose some sort of quality control over the provision of forensic science services to criminal defence solicitors. The advent of the Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners (CRFP) in 2000 was the last real attempt to create a system which gave confidence in the expert... The post Quality Matters in Forensic Science appeared first on .

Bericon Forensics
Bericon Forensics
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