ASCLD Accreditation Toolkit
Imagine Accreditation Tomorrow
Welcome to the ASCLD Accreditation Toolkit designed to assist agencies in the United States with achieving accreditation based on a recognized International standard. Many thanks to the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, led by RTI International, through a Cooperative Agreement from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice for funding the development of this toolkit and the ASCLD Accreditation Initiative.
Information about Forensic Accreditation Programs
The ASCLD Accreditation Initiative (AAI) team 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. Click here to view the members of the AAI team.
A2LA programs for the accreditation of testing laboratories, calibration laboratories, inspection bodies, proficiency testing providers, medical testing laboratories, reference material producers and product certification bodies.
ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) accreditation and training services provider in the area of management systems, personnel and product certification bodies, laboratories, inspection bodies, forensic service providers, proficiency testing and reference material producers.
Be a leader in your industry by building confidence and consistency in your product through A2LA WPT’s broad spectrum of instructor-led and online e-learning training courses.
ANAB offers training to individuals and organizations seeking to gain knowledge and better understanding of accreditation-related requirements and processes.
The ASCLD Leadership Academy is a training program offered by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors for managerial personnel in forensic science laboratories.
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) is committed to improving the practice and strengthening the impact of forensic science.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a physical sciences laboratory, and a non-regulatory agency of the United States Department of Commerce. Its mission is to promote innovation and industrial competitiveness.
Lab Manager features articles relating to management, technology, and equipment common to laboratories in industry, medicine, universities, and others.
Information about Forensic Accreditation Standards
Links to Accreditation Training
Information about Volunteering with AAI
The role of the AAI is to assist laboratories as they prepare for accreditation. The AAI mentors are laboratory directors, quality assurance managers, and technical subject matter experts that have been trained and certified as Assessors by an accrediting body and have served as an Assessor. The AAI mentors work in an advisory capacity with the lab; however, the accrediting body will determine conformance or nonconformance with the ISO standard.
Resources & Templates
Resources for Laboratories Seeking Accreditation
The Roadmap to Accreditation serves as a guide to assist labs work to achieve their accreditation goals.
The lab is not required to follow the Roadmap in the exact order shown on the workflow; however, all steps mentioned in the Roadmap should be considered when preparing the laboratory for an assessment by an accrediting body.
Expand each panel below to find links to documents and templates for each step of the accreditation process
Additional Resources - Video Library
News & Updates
News, Updates, Success Stories, and Testimonials
IN THE NEWS
ASCLD Glossary of AcronymsSeptember 10, 2020
2020 Foresight Maximus Awards AnnouncedJune 2, 2020
Forensic Research Committee Launches the FRC BulletinDecember 10, 2019
Testimonials & ADVOCACY
Crime Lab Supervisor - Boise, ID Police Department
“I want to give the people in our community a peace of mind that they can trust our results…”
Intelligence Liaison - Guarded Exchange
“ASCLD has showed the whole picture and helped me piece the puzzle of accreditation together…”
Quality Manager - Salt Lake City, UT Police Department
“They are available to talk via regularly scheduled conference calls or respond in a timely manner to an urgent email…”
House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
“ASCLD launched an aggressive mentor-based program (with NIJ/RTI/FTCOE) to offer help to laboratories seeking accreditation…”
Testimony for the Committee of the Judiciary
“..I encourage you to reauthorize the Debbie Smith Act to continue to provide this essential DNA resource assistance to state and local crime labs…”
“The task of accreditation is a daunting one for small labs like ours. The resources provided by ASCLD, through the initiative, have enabled us to navigate through the accreditation process…”