AFP Computer Forensic Laboratories Gain Accreditation Against International Standards in the Class of Electronic Evidence
Canberra, Australia (News4us.com) February 04, 2011
The Australian Federal Police’s (AFP) Computer Forensic Team (CFT) has achieved a national first in obtaining National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accreditation against International Standards in the class of Electronic Evidence.
AFP Computer Forensic laboratories have met the requirements of NATA accreditation and demonstrated innovation and international leadership in their field of expertise. The accreditation acknowledges the expert status of the AFP in the field and gives the Court additional confidence in evidence presented in support of the judicial process.
The Computer Forensic Team provides the AFP and external agencies with assistance in the identification, examination and preservation of electronic evidence found during search warrants, laboratory examination of electronic evidence, along with data recovery and decryption.
NATA acting Chief Executive Eric Lo presented AFP Commissioner Tony Negus with a certificate to recognise the accreditation at an official function today at the AFP Forensic complex in Weston, Canberra.
National Manager Forensic and Data Centres, Assistant Commissioner Julian Slater, says that the process of accreditation, with its external assessment of technical competence, holds our work to the highest standards of accountability.
“It’s a great accolade to be the first in both the public and private sector to receive NATA accreditation in the Computer Forensic category,” he said.
“The accreditation process involves assessment of laboratory quality systems against International Standards and, for CFT, included assessment by an overseas technical expert into training, techniques and procedures employed by CFT.”
“This accreditation provides our Computer Forensic Team with internationally accepted recognition and ensures that courts and the public can have the highest confidence in the evidence that CFT members present.”
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