innovators in the design and manufacture of systems for the examination of questioned documents, latent fingerprints, trace evidence and shoe prints.

Forensic Science and Document Examination Equipment

  • Forensic Science Equipment


foster + freeman design and manufacture market-leading systems for the examination of questioned documents, latent fingerprints, trace evidence and shoe prints.

Established in 1978, foster + freeman has become one of the foremost forensic science equipment suppliers in the world, exporting market leading, and in many cases unique products from the United Kingdom to more than 155 countries worldwide.

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 forensic science equipment






 document examination workstations

 fingerprint detection examination and enhancement  

 instruments for the analysis of trace evidence

 forensic alternate light sources





Questioned Documents

Foster+Freeman are recognised world leaders in the field of questioned document examination. Our range of VSC instruments can be found in airports, border controls, government security agencies, banks and forensic laboratories worldwide.

Fingerprint Examination

Innovators in the field of latent fingerprint detection, our product range includes traditional methods as well as exclusive new and novel techniques.

Trace Evidence Analysis

Foster+Freeman's advanced instrumentation increases the value of forensic trace evidence by enabling examiners to compare and identify minute fragments of evidence using a range of techniques. 

Forensic Light Sources

With the Crime-lite® range of forensic light sources Foster+Freeman have pioneered the use of high intensity LED illumination for the search, detection and examination of forensic evidence both at the crime scene and in the forensic laboratory.

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Rapid Document Scanner for the Examination and Authentication of Passports and ID Cards.

The VSC QC1+ is a fully-integrated passport and ID card authentication system that enables advanced document checks to be performed at the frontline.

The VSC QC1+ increases the stringency of frontline security whilst maintaining the high throughput and simplicity of use required by check-in desks, immigration controls and border crossing points.

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Advanced cyanoacrylate fingerprint fuming chamber with increased capacity.

A redesign of the popular MVC1000 bench-top fingerprint fuming cabinet, the new MVC1000/XL provides an additional 90ltrs capacity and is tall enough to accommodate rifles, hunting firearms and other objects of up to 1245mm in length.



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IR Fluorescent fingerprint powder

FINGERPRINT DEVELOPMENT portable infrared crime scene examination FORENSIC LIGHT SOURCES

fpNATURAL®2 NIR-NIR fingerprint powder

Developed by researchers at Foster+Foster, fpNATURAL 2 is the first reported example of a NIR-NIR fluorescent dusting powder for the visualisation of latent fingerprints.

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Beyond Visible Imaging

A new range of Crime-lite® forensic light sources, with UV-Vis-IR camera attachment, enable crime scene and laboratory examiners to detect traces of evidence beyond the limits of human vision.

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Study identifies IR fluorescent powder amongst most effective fingerprint processes

Home Office researchers have ranked fpNatural powders amongst the most effective techniques for developing fingermarks on the newly minted UK £5 note.








foster+freeman receive prestigious award for innovation 

Researchers at foster+freeman are celebrating being presented with the 'Highly Commended' ADS Security Innovation Award



 Border Security Technology

Securing Europe's Borders with VSC Technology

With record numbers of migrants seeking asylum in Germany, the country's Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has invested in the latest document examination tech from foster+freeman



 New Five Pound polymer banknote

Examining the New £5, a Polymer Banknote that Introduces State-of-the-Art Security Features

With the Queen on one side, and Winston Churchill on the other, the new polymer notes are 15% smaller than the current design and include some of the most advanced security features ever seen on a banknote.