Forensic Science Subcommittee

FSSC Meeting Dates

Monday 11 November 2024

FSSC Members

The current Chair of the Forensic Science Subcommittee is Prof Margaret Stark.

Should you like to contact the chair please send an email to

Committee members

Bernadette Butler, Forensic Physician, President, FFLM

Susan Carney-Gannon, Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

Nat Cary, British Association of Forensic Medicine (Forensic Pathologist)

Louise Catlin, NPCC Representative (NPCC Staff Officer)

Raymond Chapman, Metropolitan Police Service (Consultant Forensic Biologist)

Laura Dean, Forensic Physician

Edward Doyle, Scottish Government (Senior Medical Advisor)

Andrea Edwards, Independent National Forensic Advisor (Forensic Biologist)

Sue Fewkes, UKAFNP Vice-President (Forensic Nurse)

June Guiness OBE, Office of the Forensic Science Regulator, Home Office

Amy Hamm, Forensic Physician

Kranti Hiremath, Forensic Physician

Hassan Kurimbokus, Forensic Toxicologist

Carolyn Lovell, NPCC Forensic Capability Network (Research and Development Manager)

Rachel Morgan, Cellmark (Forensic Reporting Scientist)

Emma Paddock, Eurofins

Fiona Perry, Eurofins (Senior Forensic Toxicologist)

Keeley Roe, Forensic Nurse

Carol Rogers, Scottish Police Authority (Interim Operations Manager – Biology)

Margaret Stark, Forensic Physician (Chair)

Nigean Stevenson, Scottish Police Authority (Interim Lead Forensic Scientist (Sexual Offences)) and Body Fluid Forum

Hiang Boon Tan, Forensic Physician

Jo Taylor, College of Policing

Bronagh Tumelty, Forensic Service Northern Ireland

Cath White OBE, Forensic Physician and Sexual Offence Lead, FFLM

Alexandra Williams, Key Forensic Services

Stuart Wiseman, Scenesafe (Sales Director)


Aims & Objectives


To ensure that patients being seen in a forensic medical setting (complainants, complainers, and suspects, of all ages, and by the circumstances of the encounter, likely to be vulnerable) receive appropriate care, including the taking of all relevant forensic samples, using the current best evidence available in the field of forensic and legal medicine.


  1. Maintain guidelines on forensic sampling which will be updated as there are developments in the field of forensic science in order to maximise the recovery of potential forensic evidence whilst minimising the distress to the examinee.
  2. Establish channels of communication between the FFLM, the Police and the forensic services and kit providers.
  3. Communicate good practice to forensic practitioners responsible for obtaining the samples and the teachers of those practitioners.
  4. Highlight and encourage areas where research or supporting data is required. Disseminate relevant information as necessary.

FSSC Newsletters

The FSSC review and revise the Recommendations for the collection of forensic specimens (next update due out July 2024).

The Committee also considers questions sent in by members of the FFLM and other interested parties. These are published in the FSSC’s newsletters.

You can view the questions and answers here.

National Forensic Kits

National Forensic Kits are now available from SceneSafe based on the FFLM Recommendations for the Collection of Forensic Specimens from Complainants and Suspects. The kits and their contents are listed below.

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