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ASCLD ACCREDITATION INITIATIVE

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WHY ACCREDITATION?

One of ASCLD’s primary goals is to promote quality operations. Universal accreditation has been identified as an important initiative to achieve this goal. ASCLD is committed to advocate for funding streams to assist agencies pursuing accreditation. ASCLD partners with forensic science organizations, accrediting bodies, and other domestic and international stakeholders to promote the value of accreditation.

Accreditation represents the commitment of the laboratory to ensure standardization and improvement in all forensic operations, engage in strategic risk management, and ensure the technical competency of personnel necessary to produce reliable and defensible work products used in the criminal justice system.

Views of the National Commission on Forensic Science Regarding Accreditation

What is the Accreditation Initiative?

The ASCLD Domestic Accreditation Taskforce, (ADATF) was established to partner with labs that have committed, through an agreement, to pursue accreditation. The ADATF is comprised of laboratory directors, quality assurance managers and technical subject matter experts that have been trained and certified as Assessors by an accrediting organization and have served in the role as an Assessor for an accreditation program. The ADATF is designed to work in a mentoring and advisory capacity with a laboratory as the laboratory takes critical steps to achieve International accreditation. This taskforce reports to the Board of Directors and the Executive Director who has general oversight of ASCLD initiatives.

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Accreditation Roadmap

  • Overview of ASCLD Program

  • Application for Assistance

  • Notice of Acceptance

  • Mentor Assigned

  • Accreditation Program Review

  • Laboratory Training

  • Mentor Visit and Analysis

  • Mentor Prepares Lab for Internal Audit

  • Lab Internal Audit

  • Mentor Preassessment

  • Lab Application Submitted

  • Assessment and Results

  • ACCREDITATION ACHIEVED!

  • ASCLD Surveys Lab

Critical Steps

Phase 1

  1. Complete intake form and schedule a conference call with ASCLD to discuss the overview of the ASCLD Accreditation Initiative.
  2. Complete ASCLD application survey and the Memorandum of Agreement.
  3. ASCLD will review the application and notify lab with ASCLD’s decision to move forward with support.

Phase 2

  1. A certified assessor and mentor will be assigned to the lab in coordination with, and approval from the lab management.
  2. The lab evaluates the accreditation programs and selects the organization that will accredit their operations.
  3. ASCLD taskforce and the accrediting organization will assist lab in identifying training options that may be helpful.

Phase 3

  1. Mentor visits labs and conducts a gap analysis by reviewing the current state of the lab with the ISO requirements and supplemental checklists.
  2. Mentor will assist lab with Internal Audit and Audit results.
  3. Mentor will assist lab with a pre-assessment of lab operations according to the ISO requirements and checklists. ASCLD will also review the lab application for accreditation.

Phase 4

  1. Lab submits application to accrediting organization.
  2. Accrediting organization completes assessment and provides results. Mentor reviews results of assessment and will assist lab in resolving corrective actions if identified.
  3. Lab receives accreditation!

Phase 5

  1. ASCLD will survey the newly accredited lab on the success and lessons learned resulting from the ASCLD mentoring process.
  2. ASCLD will follow up in 6 months to survey lab and their implementation of accreditation.
  3. ASCLD will update toolkit with success stories, short video clip, and lessons learned from labs and the ASCLD taskforce.
  4. ASCLD will request newly accredited labs to “give back” by joining the ASCLD accredited lab network to assist labs that are pursing accreditation.

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Accredited Network of Forensic Science Service Providers

ASCLD is working hand-in-hand with accrediting organizations, labs, industry and ASCLD members to create a network of experts willing to help other labs achieve accreditation.

ASCLD continues to collaborate with organizations that have published toolkits designed to assist customers in creating systems and operational documents that standardize operations. The goal of the ADATF is to ensure customers receive relevant and innovative strategies designed to improve efficiency and promote repeatable and accepted practices. ASCLD has a Forensic Managers Toolkit and intends to enhance and expand upon this concept in partnership with the National Institute of Justice's Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE), led by RTI International. https://forensiccoe.org/

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE), led by RTI International, is supported through a Cooperative Agreement from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (awards 2016-MU-BX-K110 and 2011-DN-BX-K564). The FTCoE supports the implementation of new forensic technology and best practices by end users and is dedicated to elevating the status of forensic science through advancing technology, sharing knowledge, and addressing challenges. The FTCoE bridges the gap between the scientific and the justice communities.

As labs become accredited through the ASCLD Accreditation Initiative, they are invited to join the ASCLD network to support other labs achieve accreditation.