Forensic Science Subcommittee

FSSC Meeting Dates


Monday 12 June 2023

November 2023 (Date TBC)

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, The Havens, London

Nat Cary, Forensic Pathologist

Raymond Chapman, Consultant Forensic Biologist, Metropolitan Police Service

Laura Dean, Clinical Lead – Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire, Care & Custody Health

Edward Doyle, Senior Medical Advisor, Scottish Government

Andrea Edwards, Forensic Biologist, Independ National Forensic Advisor

Sue Fewkes, Forensic Nurse Practitioner, Kent, VP, UKAFN

Amy Hamm, Southwest Regional Clinical Lead Sexual Offence Examiner, G4S

Charlotte Hargreaves, Senior Reporter, Eurofins

Kranti Hiremath, Forensic Physician, NHS Lothian

Rachel Knottley, Biology Reporting Manager, Key Forensic Services

Hassan Kurimbokus, Forensic Toxicology Reporting Manager, Analytical Services International

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

Rachel Morgan, Forensic Reporting Scientist, Cellmark

Kleo Papachristou, Metropolitan Police Service

Fiona Perry, Senior Forensic Toxicologist, Eurofins

Keeley Roe, Associate Head of Healthcare, Northern Region, Mountain Healthcare

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

Margaret Stark, Forensic Physician, London (Chair)

Nigean Stevenson, Interim Lead Forensic Scientist (Sexual Offences)

Hiang Boon Tan, Medical Lead for Police Custody Services, Yorkshire and Humber

Jo Taylor, College of Policing

Cath White, Forensic Physician and Sexual Offence Lead, FFLM

Stuart Wiseman, Sales Director, Scenesafe

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 January 2023).

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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