The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) offers accreditation to laboratories that undertake forensic testing.
One of the key activities forensic laboratories undertake is the testing of physical evidence often at a crime scene or the scene of an accident. In addition to testing the evidence and issuing reports, forensic scientists frequently provide testimony on the test results for judicial applications.
To ensure that this evidence stands up to scrutiny in court, it is imperative that the testing methods used by the laboratory have proven and documented credibility. Accreditation provides assurance that a forensic laboratory has adhered to recognized practices and standards.
Scope of accreditation
Forensic accreditation is one of 10 SCC Accreditation Program Specialty Areas. SCC offers accreditation in the following forensic disciplines:
- Biology/DNA analysis
- Chemistry/Trace analysis
- Drug chemistry
- Equine drug testing
- Firearms and tool marks
- Questioned documents examination
Benefits of SCC accreditation
SCC accreditation demonstrates a laboratory’s competence to manage and perform activities defined by its specific program scope of accreditation. Through SCC accreditation, laboratories are able to obtain independent, third-party, credible test results for themselves and for their customers. The fact that quality, reliable data generated by forensic laboratories is being used for a variety of applications, including legal purposes, is well-recognized.
SCC accreditation helps laboratories deliver services with confidence and attract new customers. As a signatory member to several international mutual recognition and multilateral agreements, SCC’s Accreditation Program is internationally recognized.
“Having a strong quality management system helps us maintain consistency and continuous improvement in our laboratory work. As a result, we gain the confidence of laboratory personnel, investigators and the courts, in the laboratory’s key product – the forensic report.”
RCMP Civilian Member Wayne Greenlay (retired), former manager, National Quality Assurance and Health and Safety, RCMP’s Forensic Science and Identification Services
For more information
For more information, please contact SCC Accreditation Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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