The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB) is the oldest and most well known crime/forensic laboratory accrediting body in the world. ASCLD/LAB has been accrediting crime laboratories since 1982 and currently accredits most of the federal, state and local crime laboratories in the United States plus forensic laboratories in six countries outside of the United States.
Before the first laboratories were accredited, ASCLD/LAB established four objectives for its program. The four objectives have remained unchanged since the inception of the program. ASCLD/LAB has subsequently established a Quality Policy Statement and a Statement of Guiding Principles for Forensic Scientists and Forensic Laboratories.
ASCLD/LAB’s Bylaws, Objectives, Quality Policy Statement and Guiding Principles may be viewed by selecting the respective tabs on this screen.