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Forensic Services

SGS M-Scan's Forensic Services encompass forensic analysis, fire investigation, case review, and training. We have undertaken forensic casework for civil litigation and both criminal prosecution and defence since 1997.


SGS M-Scan's areas of particular expertise include:

  • Fire debris analysis: detection and identification of accelerants (ignitable substances);

  • Characterisation of liquids: identification of substances that are suspected of being used as fire accelerants;

  • Petrol branding: determination of the brand of petrol in liquid fuels, fire debris, suspect's clothing and even in empty petrol cans;

  • Fuel correlations: establishing whether liquid/semi-liquid samples share the same source;

  • Smoke odour analysis: establishing potential correlations between items from a fire scene and a suspect's clothing;

  • Lachrymator analysis: detection and identification of defence gas sprays (e.g. CS, pepper spray, etc) from the aerosol and also on suspects/victims clothing;

  • Bespoke service: designed specifically for an individual case in any area of forensic (organic) chemistry e.g. petrochemicals, odours, surfactants/detergents.