Forensic Science Ireland
Eolaíocht Fhóiréinseach Éireann
Forensic Science Ireland is an associated office of the
Department of Justice and Equality. The people working at
FSI are mainly trained scientists and analysts supported
by administration staff and number close to one hundred.
We work together to deliver to best international standards,
independent expert opinion, advice, training and research to
support the Irish Criminal Justice system.
Originally known as the Forensic Science Laboratory, FSI
was established in 1975 to provide a scientific service to the
Criminal Justice System by analysing samples submitted
from crime scenes and providing expert evidence in criminal
trials. Forty years later some of the original staff are now
leading today’s FSI team as we embrace the ever increasing
advances in forensic science and continue to fulfil that remit.
In June 2014 President Higgins extended our scope when
he signed into law the Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence
and DNA Database System) Act 2014. It named us as the
custodian of that database and changed our name from
Forensic Science Laboratory to FSI.
In addition to our role within the Irish justice system we
have also always been conscious of our responsibility to
contribute to the global knowledge base. So, while the FSI
is very much a working service laboratory, our staff are
encouraged to contribute to scientific conferences and
publish their work.
FSI was also a founding member of the European Network
of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) in 1995. Our members
are active on all the relevant ENFSI working groups and
in recent years have contributed to some of the EU funded
ENFSI Monopoly projects. ENFSI was granted Monopoly
funding status by the EU in 2009 and they have used this
funding to address best practice issues across the discipline
of forensic science.
FSI is accredited according to ISO17025 and holds an
Excellence through People certificate. In 2012 the laboratory
received the Taoiseach’s award for the project “From
Complaints to Compliments” in the Drugs area. In 2013 and
2014, the laboratory was awarded Calibration or Testing
Laboratory of the Year by the Irish Laboratory Awards.
I am proud of the contribution this group of people make to
science supporting justice.
Director General FSI