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Draft Standard and guidance consultation

Draft Standard & guidance for Geophysics

The following draft Standard and guidance for Geophysics has been released for consultation with IfA members and, subject to responses, will be put forward to the 2010 Annual General Meeting for interim adoption.

Download the draft document here

Any comments or questions about the draft should be sent to kate.geary@archaeologists.net by 30 July 2010

Draft Standard & guidance for Forensic Archaeology

The following draft Standard and guidance for Forensic Archaeology has been released for consultation with IfA members and, subject to responses, will be put forward to the 2010 Annual General Meeting for interim adoption.

Download the draft document here

Any comments or questions about the draft should be sent to alex.llewellyn@archaeologists.net by 30 July 2010.

Members should note the following key points

  • the document is in an unfamiliar format because it needs to serve the purposes of more than one set of users
  • it is to be published jointly by Home Office and IfA
  • it therefore reflects other Home Office documents including the Code of practice and performance standards for forensic pathologists
  • the forensic archaeology group and the Home Office are keen to set out performance standards for the work and those carrying it out, and believe that the preferred way forward is via reference to accreditation standards of a professional body and via compliance with best practice performance standards approved by government and a professional body: IfA is identified as the appropriate body
  • the Standard and guidance is being consulted on in parallel with the Home Office end-users group (CPS, ACPO, coroners, judiciary) and the forensic archaeology group (mainly non-IfA-members but committed to joining and converting the group into an IfA SIG)
  • the Home Office is checking out the legal references and accuracy of the Standard and guidance, so we can be confident that those aspects of the guidance will be reliable
  • police officers on the forensic archaeology group have checked out the police procedure guidance, as have other group members who all work closely with police forces
  • as is the normal procedure the Standard and guidance is proposed for adoption in draft for one year, with a review during the year to allow Council to propose any necessary changes to the 2011 AGM

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