Forensic Science LAP (LABPR-413)

(L-A-B: Fort Wayne, IN) – Laboratory Accreditation Bureau is proud to announce the finalization of its Forensic Science Laboratory Accreditation Program. Accreditation Bureau Service’s Technical Advisory Group (A-S-B TAG) has released LABPR-413 for L-A-B to utilize in the accreditation of forensic science testing labs. It comes in response to an every increasing need in the laboratory testing community for reliable accredited labs in forensic science testing.Forensic science refers to the examination of scenes of crime, recovery of evidence, laboratory examinations, interpretation of findings and presentation of the conclusions reached for intelligence purposes or for use in court.

The activities range from instrumental analysis with unequivocal results, such as blood alcohol determination and glass refractive index measurement, to the investigation of suspicious fires and vehicle accidents, to comparison work such as handwriting and toolmark examination, which is largely subjective in nature but which, with training, can produce consistent outcomes between different forensic scientists.Forensic science work involves the examination of a wide range of items and substances. The following list describes the activities that may be encountered in a forensic laboratory. This does not, however, preclude other activities being undertaken in a forensic laboratory.


Benefits of L-A-B Forensic Science Laboratory Accreditation

  • Be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 and found in compliance with ILAC-G19:2002 – Guidelines for Forensic Science Laboratories
  • Utilize the L-A-B Forensic Science LAP Technical Requirment Mark (TRM) to promote your accreditation within the United States.

The techniques adopted in the analysis and examination of forensic material cover a broad range from visual examination to sophisticated instrumental procedures. Techniques which are employed include but are not limited to:

  • Chemical color tests
  • Autoradiography
  • Chemiluminescence
  • DNA analysis
  • Chromatography
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Atomic absorption and emission spectrometry
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
  • Metallurgy
  • X-ray analysis
  • Optical and electron microscopy
  • Immunoassay
  • Serology
  • Visual inspections
  • Electrophoresis
  • Computer simulations
  • Ultraviolet, infrared and visible spectrophotometry
  • Physical measurements eg weight, volume, length, density, refractive index

 


 

How does my lab become accredited to the Forensic Science Testing requirements?

  • Apply by clicking the “Request a Quote” button below to download and fill out the application
  • If you would like a copy to review prior to application just click here or on the cover page
  • If you are expanding your scope of accreditation to include forensic science your first step is to complete the Form 19 “Client Change Request” asking for the additional Forensic Program.



Links to Additional information for L-A-B Forensic Science Laboratory Accreditation Program