This requires state of the art analytical and exploratory equipment and a highly trained workforce with the necessary competence to carry out forensic investigations and evaluations and apply the results in a judicial context. SKL is accredited according to ISO/IEC 17025 for the majority of our operations.
The SKL competence assurance system CDA (Competence, Development and Authority) ensures that all personnel have the right competence for their tasks.
We also conduct research and development and work with information, training, support and service in all aspects of forensic science. The work carried out within ENFSI (European Network of Forensic Science Institutes) has positioned us at the international forefront.
SKL is a state funded independent laboratory under the Swedish National Police Board. As such, SKL is the expert body of the national police organisation and is in close collaboration with a number of police authorities.
Our employees are not police officers but specialists in their respective fields. Most employees have an academic degree supplemented with an extensive internal training programme.
The majority of the forensic investigations at SKL are carried out on behalf of the judicial system, i.e. the police, prosecutors and courts of law, in matters relating to a criminal act. We also undertake assignments or investigations on behalf of individual clients.
One example is the forensic handwriting identification carried out on behalf of the judicial system in Iceland. All individual assignments are subject to a charge.