In 2015, Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates announced that “the US Justice Department will, within the next five years, require department-run forensic science labs to obtain and maintain accreditation and require all US DOJ prosecutors to use accredited labs to process forensic evidence when practicable. Additionally, the US DOJ has decided to use its grant funding mechanisms to encourage other labs around the country to pursue accreditation.”
“The department believes that accreditation is one of the most important tools for ensuring that forensic science is practiced in a reliable, scientifically rigorous way,” said Deputy Attorney General Yates. “Accreditation provides valuable oversight by ensuring that someone outside the participating laboratory has confirmed that the lab is following their required procedures. We support accreditation and we want to expand accreditation as widely as possible”
Standards, certification, accreditation, testing, inspection – conformity assessment – can be a great asset in the toolkit of the public and private sector to meet policy objectives. Conformity assessment, validation, and standards compliance can be a monumental task if the agency is underprepared. That’s where we come in.
If you need help deciding or convincing others that accreditation is right for your organization, contact us today and let our team guide you through the seemingly endless stream of paperwork. We specialize in making the complex understandable, and straightforward.