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American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors / Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB)
Excellent crime labs are built on excellent science. And excellent forensic scientists ask the hard questions. They don’t miss details. They specialize in the overlooked and underestimated – because a good scientist knows that details matter.
At ASCLD/LAB, we couldn’t agree more.
The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board is a not-for-profit organization specializing in the accreditation of public and private crime laboratories. Since 1982, we have been committed to the ongoing support, education and oversight of facilities striving for excellence in forensic analysis.
Based in Garner, North Carolina, ASCLD/LAB is proud to have 30 plus years of experience accrediting federal, state and local crime laboratories throughout the United States, as well as forensic laboratories in various additional countries.
We offer an enhanced ISO program of Crime Laboratory Accreditation for both forensic testing disciplines and breath alcohol calibration, based on ISO/IEC 17025 and enhanced by ASCLD/LAB-International Supplemental Requirements. Our accreditation of testing labs is recognized by both the Inter American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).
Count on ASCLD/LAB to be your partner in ensuring quality operations and promoting the fair, objective application of justice. It is, after all, the only thing we do.
ASCLD/LAB Special Announcement
Extensions of Accreditation no Longer Available under the ASCLD/LAB-International Accreditation Programs
September 20, 2013
ASCLD/LAB has a history, under the ASCLD/LAB Legacy Accreditation Program, of working with accredited laboratories that are in the process of transitioning from the Legacy Program to achieving accreditation under the ASCLD/LAB-International Accreditation Program. In an effort to assist laboratories in this transition, ASCLD/LAB has on occasion extended the laboratory’s date of expiration of accreditation, when the laboratory has demonstrated significant progress toward achieving a successful transition.
As an accrediting body, ASCLD/LAB has sought and achieved recognition by the Inter American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). That recognition is contingent upon operating an accreditation program which is compliant with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17011:2004. One of the requirements that ASCLD/LAB must satisfy, based upon our five-year accreditation cycle, is to undertake a reassessment at least every five years. This requirement has been interpreted to mean that the full reassessment and all necessary corrective actions are completed within the five-year accreditation cycle. If ASCLD/LAB extends the accreditation, of a laboratory that is accredited under the ASCLD/LAB-International Accreditation Program, beyond the expiration date of the laboratory’s accreditation, ASCLD/LAB finds itself operating out of conformance with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17011:2004. For that reason, the past practice in the Legacy Program cannot be continued under the ASCLD/LAB-International programs.
Effective immediately, ASCLD/LAB cannot extend the accreditation of a laboratory that is accredited under the ASCLD/LAB-International Accreditation Program except under extraordinary circumstances such as a natural disaster.
ASCLD/LAB management is committed to doing everything we can to ensure that reassessments are achieved within the time requirements of ISO/IEC 17011. However, it will require a cooperative effort between ASCLD/LAB and all ASCLD/LAB-International accredited laboratories to ensure that accreditations do not expire due to a failure to complete the reassessment and corrective action processes within the five-year accreditation cycle.
We hereby advise all ASCLD/LAB-International accredited laboratories that it is the laboratory’s responsibility to submit the Application for Accreditation with all required supporting documentation in a timely manner. In order to avoid a possible lapse in accreditation, all ASCLD/LAB-International accredited laboratories are encouraged to submit complete applications to renew accreditation at least nine months prior to expiration of accreditation.
It is ASCLD/LAB management’s commitment, to all laboratories, that when applications for renewal of accreditation are received in a timely manner, every effort will be made by the staff of ASCLD/LAB to complete the reassessment process in time to allow the laboratory sufficient time to achieve renewal of accreditation. On behalf of the Board and Staff of ASCLD/LAB, thank you for the opportunity to serve your accreditation needs. Please feel free to let us know how we can better serve your needs.
Ralph M. Keaton
ASCLD/LAB Executive Director