Proficiency Testing

Working within state of the art laboratories at Nottingham Trent University, we offer a range of proficiency testing (PT) products in the area of friction ridge skin (finger and palmar) mark visualisation and comparison as well as Crime Scene Investigation (CSI). These products assess participant performance against a set of expectations to produce individual performance reports and inter-laboratory comparison. 


Together with assessment, our Proficiency Test Schemes are aimed at assisting participants with continuous improvement and serve as an independant test of participant quality systems and ability to achieve the quality of results required by the ISO17025 and ISO17020 standards as well as the Forensic Science Regulators Codes of Practice for those Participants operating within the UK.


The PT products which make up the finger mark development Proficiency Tests or more commonly referred to as the Finger Mark Visualisation Proficiency Test Scheme are known as FMAT bundles


The PT product which relates to the fingerprint comparison/identification Proficiency Test scheme is known as FCOM.


The PT product which relates to Crime Scene Investigation is known as SCSI


For more information and to download an application form please click one of the above links

Benefits of Our Scheme

  • Assessment by fully qualified assessors with significant experience in friction ridge skin mark visualisation and identification
  • Independant assessment of full end to end processes (Receipt of samples to Results Reporting)
  • Reccommendations for improvement based on performance assessment
  • Inter-laboratory comparison data
  • Good practice and trend information
  • FMAT assists in the demonstration of ability to visualise friction ridge skin marks as required by accreditation bodied (ISO17025 - Labs & ISO17020 - CSI/SOCO), regulators and customers
  • FCOM assists in the demonstration of ability to compare and accurately result finger and palm marks/prints as required by accreditation bodies (ISO17025), regulators and customers  




Forensic Focus Win Place on Two Further Training & Development Frameworks

In 2017 we successfully won places on a further two training and development frameworks; one for councils and emegency services in Yorkshire and the other for all councils in Scotland.

Proficiency Testing Accreditation Extended for Fingerprint Comparison

In 2017 Forensic Focus extended their accredited Proficiency Testing Portfolio by successfully extending our scope to encompas fingerprint comparison

For more information about our Proficiency Test Schemes please click the following link.

Proficiency Testing

UK Research Council Grant Awarded

Forensic Focus in partnership with the University of Lincoln and Aberystwyth University has been awarded a UK Research Council (AHRC) grant to conduct a three year resaerch project involving finger and palm marks recovered from medieval documents. For more information regarding the project please access Imprint or

Forensic Focus Limited Win Place on another Training Framework

Cumbria County Council Learning & Development Framework

In May 2016 we won a place on yet another training procurement framework. The Cumbria County Council Learning & Development Framework consists of several Lots for the training delivery to a number of County Council and Emergency Service customers. Forensic Focus Limited can bid for work in Lot 4 = Fire & Rescue Services & Lot 8 = Finance, HR and Law each consisting of a number of subject areas matching our specialisms.

FMAT Proficiency Testing Accreditation Extended

In April 2016 we successfully extended the scope of our ISO17043 Proficiency Testing Accreditation. Our FMAT Finger Mark Visualisation PT Scheme  is now accredited for Powder Suspensions, Physical Developer and Acid Dyes as well as the previously accredited DFO, Ninhydrin, Superglue, BY40 and light sources.

Forensic Focus Limited Win a Major Contract

Forensic Focus Limited as the lead organisation has been awarded a place on a UK wide Framework for the provision of Leadership Development Services. The Framework hosted by Devon & Cornwall Police, runs for 4 years and can be used by all Emergency Services.

We have been awarded places on 4 of the 6 Framework Lots as follows;

LOT 1 – Executive Leadership Programme

LOT 2 – Executive Development Programme (Individual)

LOT 4 – Leadership Team Development (Executive & Middle Management)

LOT 6 – Specialist Support for Learning Programmes

More details can be found by clicking here or by going to or through Contracts Finder

If you wish to procure any of the above services you can do so without the need for further competitive tendering by contacting Dr Karen Stow at or by calling 07816 168759.

Forensic Focus Limited Gain ISO17043 Accreditation for Proficiency Testing

On 1st October 2014 Forensic Focus Limited was awarded ISO17043 accreditation for the provision of Proficiency Testing for finger and palm mark enhancement / visualisation using DFO, Ninhydrin, Superglue, Basic Yellow 40 (BY40) and Light Sources.


We would like to thank those at Nottingham Trent University who helped to make this possible.











Contact and Appointments

Please contact us on the following phone number with any questions or to make an appointment:


07816 168759 (Dr Karen Stow)


or if calling us from overseas:  +44 07816 168759


Please also use our contact form.