The 59th Canadian Society of Forensic Science (CSFS) Conference will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton & Conference Centre Gatineau-Ottawa in Gatineau, Quebec, May 5-9, 2014. The conference is being held in partnership by the CSFS and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).
The theme of the 2014 conference is: "Quality Assurance in Forensic Science."
The conference will feature:
- a ministerial presentation
- a talk by SCC’s Vice-President, Accreditation Services, Chantal Guay
- workshops, including a two-day SCC training workshop, Internal Auditing for Testing Laboratories (See below)
- a plenary session, a scientific session (for scientists to present their research findings) and a scientific poster session (for scientists to present a synopsis of their work, in the form of a poster)
- panel sessions that will include:
- a discussion about quality system in the laboratory
- a discussion about past, present and future accreditation for forensic laboratories. Moderator will be RCMP Civilian Member Wayne Greenlay (retired), former manager, National Quality Assurance and Health and Safety, Forensic Science and Identification Services, and current chair of the Accreditation Committee of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science. Panel members will include Cristina Draghici, SCC’s Business Support and Development Officer, Accreditation Services branch; a representative from Bureau de normalisation du Québec; and a representative from the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors
- exhibitor/vendor displays
Learn more about SCC accreditation for forensic laboratories. Discover how SCC accreditation is helping forensic labs succeed in a changing sector.
SCC Internal Auditing for Testing Laboratories Workshop – May 5-6, 2014
SCC will hold a two-day training workshop, Internal Auditing for Testing Laboratories, May 5 to 6, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The workshop will be held only in English, during the 2014 CSFS Conference. Register today.
What does the workshop provide for?
The training workshop will provide the knowledge for managing and conducting an effective internal audit (first party) of a laboratory and an understanding of the internal audit steps. The content of ISO 19011 Guidelines for auditing management systems forms the basis for the workshop. The workshop is intended specifically for personnel in organizations that have implemented or are implementing systems conforming to ISO/IEC 17025 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. The workshop will be led by Stephen Cross, former Vice-President of Accreditation Services for SCC. Learn more about SCC accreditation for laboratories.
Who should attend?
All laboratory personnel who directly participate in the internal audit of a laboratory, and/or in the design and implementation of the quality system of a laboratory, should attend. Laboratory quality managers responsible for designing and implementing the internal audit program of a laboratory should also attend, as should supervisors and managers of laboratories that hold or seek accreditation.
What is the cost?
The cost of attending the workshop is $850.00 + HST. Refreshments and lunch are included. The maximum number of participants is 15. Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, see the conference website.