This report provides an assessment of the effectiveness and efficiency of the leadership, governance, management and delivery of forensic services provided by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA). It scrutinises how the SPA is meeting its statutory obligations under Section 31 of the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 by providing forensic services to Police Scotland, the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner and the Lord Advocate and Procurators Fiscal.
The background to this inspection, the objectives and methodology are outlined within the Terms of Reference, which were published on 1 December 2016. Our methodology is detailed in Appendix 1 of this report.
Forensic Services is a single national service which plays a key role in supporting the justice system in Scotland in the investigation, detection and prosecution of crime. Whilst it is a relatively small service when compared with Police Scotland, Forensic Services is widely recognised as a scientific leader in employing the latest technologies and in obtaining quality accreditation for its services.
 HMICS, Scottish Police Authority – Forensic Services: Terms of Reference for HMICS Inspection, December 2016.