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"We are delighted to receive Secured by Design accreditation"

Leading forensic company, Cellmark Forensic Services, has joined Secured by Design, the official police security initiative. 

Cellmark Forensic Services is one of the UK’s largest forensic science providers, with over 30 years’ experience of providing specialist forensic DNA services to the police. Employing almost 500 people working in some of the most advanced forensic laboratories in the world, Cellmark is contracted to provide a comprehensive range of ISO17025 accredited forensic services to the majority of UK police forces, delivering a responsive 24/7 forensic service from crime scene to court.

DNA Protected is a new dog DNA profiling and databasing service designed to combat dog theft. With dog theft unfortunately on the rise, DNA Protected has been designed to deter thieves, provide dog owners with peace of mind and to help apprehend the criminals involved. The Forensic Dog DNA Database will help to ensure that dogs can be safely returned if stolen, as well as making sure that the individuals responsible are brought to justice.

DNA Protected has been developed and validated within Cellmark’s ISO9001 certification and according to accredited standards so that it can be added to the company’s scope of ISO17025 accreditation. The Forensic Dog DNA Database was designed and is maintained in compliance with the requirements of the Forensic Science Regulator’s Codes of Practice and Conduct for reference collections and databases and the company’s stringent data security procedures are certified to ISO 27001 and Cyber Essentials Plus.

Cellmark has provided forensic DNA profiling services to UK police forces for many years and assists with the forensic investigation of hundreds of crimes every week. The process doesn’t just stop when the Forensic Dog DNA Database contributes towards a dog’s safe return – Cellmark also has the expertise and experience to help the police successfully prosecute the people responsible.

Cellmark DNA Protected

You can find out more about Cellmark Forensic Services and their Secured by Design accredited DNA Protected service at: and

David Hartshorne, Managing Director at Cellmark Forensic Services, commented: “DNA Protected is an innovative new service which makes the powerful science of forensic DNA analysis available to help the police and general public combat dog theft and the fear of dog theft.  We are delighted to receive Secured by Design accreditation which recognises the role that DNA Protected can have in reducing the risk and fear of crime.” 

Development Officer Hazel Goss, Secured by Design, said: “It’s been a pleasure to have Cellmark Forensic Services join Secured by Design, offering forensic DNA analysis and a database for dogs. I am really looking forward to many years working alongside them and watching the use of DNA in crime prevention grow.”