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Achieve and maintain your forensic accreditation

Forensic accreditation plays an important role in ensuring the competence of forensic laboratories to perform their particular area of forensic analysis.  It also helps to protect and promote the reputation of Australia’s forensic laboratories both in Australia and internationally.

Accreditation shouldn’t be seen as an extra process that has to happen, it should be integrated into each area of your laboratory.  It helps to ensure that results are accurate, interpretation and opinion are valid, claims made in court are sound and correct information is entered into relevant databases for future use.

Relevant standards

To be accredited for Forensic testing your laboratory must meet the requirements of both the:

  •  ISO17025 General Requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories and
  •  ISO17025 Field Application Document: Forensic Science – Supplementary requirements for accreditation.

These standards cover the general requirements for testing and calibration laboratories as well as the specific technical requirements for forensic testing laboratories including sections tailored to particular forensic disciplines.

Forensic Disciplines

As there are a number of forensic disciplines, forensic accreditation is divided into a number of classes:

  •  Controlled substances
  • Toxicology
  • Forensic chemistry / criminalistics
  • Forensic biology
  •  Firearms
  • Document examination
  • Fingerprints
  •  Crime scene investigation
  •  Signal processing
  •  Electronic evidence
  •  Parentage Testing

Your  laboratory may have accreditation awarded for one or a number of these classes depending on your laboratory’s technical competence.

What are the benefits of forensic accreditation?

  •  Improves confidence in the results obtained not only for the forensic service but also for clients including the police and the courts. Evidence may be more readily accepted.
  • Improves work processes due to systems established as part of accreditation support and provide a framework for all areas of the laboratory
  • Effective marketing tool.  Accredited laboratories generally enjoy a higher profile.  Accredited laboratories also generally have an advantage when tendering.
  • Reduction in costs and improved efficiency due to a reduction in errors, waste (excess consumption of sample and reagents), contamination events and reworks.
  • Enables the assessment of the relative capability of other accredited laboratories. A benchmark of performance.
  • Improved staff morale – roles are understood, training and development of staff is a priority.

Forensic accreditation helps to assure your laboratory’s examination, results, interpretation and testimony.

Call us today to discuss your forensic accreditation