Competency Testing

Ten-Print Comparison Competency Testing

Designed to assess the competence of those new to the fingerprint profession it assesses the participants ability to search inquiry sets of ten-prints against the reference collection of ten-prints, to successfully identify or exclude individual prints against the same reference collection supplied and to assess the suitability of the inquiry set to be added to the reference collection.


Finger and Palm Mark Comparison Competency Testing

This is an abridged version of the FCOM PT scheme designed to be carried out at the same time. However, instead of assessing the full end to end finger/palm mark comparison process it assesses the participants ability to successfully result the marks provided only. Participants wishing to have their processes assessed should go to the FCOM page.


For more information regarding the above competency tests please contact Luke McGarr at or call 07877 982049 


Crime Scene Investigation Competency Testing

Scene Examination

This competency test is designed to assess the participants ability to effectvely search a scene and locate, record, recover and package various evidence types. This test can be set up at the Participants location or at our facilities. Please go to SCSI for more information


Powdering Techniques

This is an abridged version of the FMAT-Powder PT scheme which is carried out at the same time but assesses an individual participant's ability to successfully visualise and recover deposited finger and palm marks on various substrates using powdering and recovery techniques. It does not assess the full end to end process. Participants wishing to have their powdering processes assessed should go to the FMAT page.


For more information regarding any of our Competency Tests please contact Dr Karen Stow at or call 07816 168759

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


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