The long journey of resistance toward acceptance: Understanding digital forensic accreditation in England and Wales from a social science perspective

Dana Wilson-Kovacs*, David Wyatt

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Drawing on topical academic and practitioner accounts, our contribution examines the challenges of accreditation in digital forensics (DF), specifically, the adoption of ISO/IEC 17025 standard for forensic science support providers in England and Wales. We built on the debate generated by the Forensic Science Regulator's introduction of this standard in DF to reflect on the position and status of DF community of practice. We argue that a social science approach can help illuminate the organizational and professional tensions generated by this development and to understand better the implications for the role of DF specialists and their position in the wider forensic science community.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1501
JournalWIREs Forensic Science
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sept 2023

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