Police question third forensic scientist in ISO-accredited lab


The Daily Mail has reported police investigation of another forensic scientist employed by Randox Testing Services.  

You can see that accreditation is still in force for the company so UKAS can keep invoicing them every year.

“This is just a sampling exercise” the assessors have to warn in case they create the impression that UKAS might have legal liability for what they approve.  

More than 10,000 forensic samples may be affected.  This is one more large public crisis presided over by ISO accreditation.  How much longer will UKAS be able to claim it is 

It’s arguably not the fault of Randox – or even the fault of UKAS.  However it does demonstrate clearly that ISO accreditation can give little assurance against human dishonesty.  

Let’s hope this one gets the legal scrutiny it deserves. 

Police question third forensic scientist on suspicion of tampering with test results amid fears more than 10,000 blood test results were doctored

  • A lab worker has been questioned by detectives investigating sample tampering
  • More than 10,000 blood sample results may have been potentially doctored 
  • The Mail on Sunday revealed last year that 10,000 cases were being re-examined due to fears about the reliability of Randox tests 

By Martin Beckford Home Affairs Editor For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 00:33, 25 November 2018 | Updated: 00:37, 25 November 2018

Britain’s biggest ever forensics scandal has deepened with a third scientist now under suspicion of tampering with test results.

The laboratory worker has been questioned by detectives investigating the potential doctoring of more than 10,000 blood sample results.

It has led to innocent motorists losing their licences after being wrongly convicted of drink and drug driving and may have resulted in children being wrongly removed from their parents.

The laboratory worker has been questioned by detectives investigating the potential doctoring of more than 10,000 blood sample results [File photo] 

The laboratory worker has been questioned by detectives investigating the potential doctoring of more than 10,000 blood sample results [File photo] 

Like the two previous men arrested, the latest suspect worked for both Trimega and Randox Testing Services where the alleged manipulation of toxicology tests for police and social services is believed to have taken place over many years.

The widening of Operation Churchill – the codename for the criminal investigation – was revealed last week by Justice Minister Lucy Frazer. 

‘Greater Manchester Police are undertaking an ongoing, expansive criminal investigation into alleged manipulation of toxicology results now by three individuals who were employed at Trimega and later Randox Testing Services after Trimega’s liquidation in 2014 and this matter is being treated with the utmost seriousness,’ she said.

‘As the police are now treating all results obtained by Trimega between 2010 and 2014 as unreliable, and because Trimega provided toxicology testing for civil and family court cases, it is possible that some civil cases may have been affected by manipulation.’

Mrs Frazer said that at least one family court case has been reopened because it was based on a fabricated Trimega test. The Mail on Sunday has established that it involves a father forced to undergo a hair alcohol test in 2011 as part of divorce proceedings.

It has led to innocent motorists losing their licences after being wrongly convicted of drink and drug driving [File photo]

It has led to innocent motorists losing their licences after being wrongly convicted of drink and drug driving [File photo]

Due to the inaccurate findings, he was ordered not to drink when he saw his child. But when the forensics scandal emerged and the sample retested, the order was altered at Worcester County Court in June.

The Mail on Sunday revealed last year that 10,000 cases were being re-examined due to fears about the reliability of Randox tests. The firm is having to pay the estimated £2.5 million cost for other forensics firms to retest samples that are considered unreliable.

The Crown Prosecution Service has informed a number of motorists over the past year that their convictions have been set aside or that they will not have to face trial.

Britain’s biggest ever forensics scandal has deepened with a third scientist now under suspicion of tampering with test results [File photo]

A spokesman for Richard Silver Solicitors in Manchester said it was handling several Randox cases. ‘Following retesting, one of these cases has just been dropped by the prosecution,’ he said. ‘Had we not spotted the issue, the motorist would have been disqualified from driving and faced a heavy fine.’

Greater Manchester Police confirmed that the third man had been interviewed under caution in February and that the two previous suspects, aged 47 and 31, remained on police bail.

Randox said it was unable to comment on an ongoing police investigation, but added that it had agreed to cover the cost of retesting ‘as a matter of good faith’.

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