Once accreditation has been granted, it is expected that the forensic service provider will consistently remain in conformance with the requirements under which it was accredited. ASCLD/LAB acknowledges that unforeseen circumstances may cause temporary nonconformance with some of the requirements.
When the forensic service provider recognizes that it is experiencing or has experienced a period of nonconformance, it must take action to come back into conformance and to correct any potential miscarriages of justice (refer to Sections 4.9 and 4.11 of ISO/IEC 17025:2005).
Laboratories with Sanctions
Situations that may lead to sanctions include, but are not limited to:
- Failure to take timely, appropriate and required corrective actions to resolve nonconformance with all accreditation program requirements
- Negative outcome of a complaint investigation
- Non-payment of fees
Sanctions include, but are not limited to:
- Probation - temporarily increasing scrutiny of the forensic service provider’s performance
- Suspension - temporarily making forensic service provider’s accreditation invalid for all or part of the scope of accreditation
- Withdrawal - cancelling a forensic service provider’s accreditation
A forensic service provider may not, in any way (including reports, websites and testimony), state or imply ASCLD/LAB-International accreditation in disciplines and/or categories that have been suspended or withdrawn.
Voluntary Status Changes
A forensic service provider may voluntarily suspend or withdraw accreditation. Voluntary status changes are not considered to be sanctions.
Situations that may lead to voluntary suspension of a discipline or category listed on the scope of accreditation may include, but are not limited to:
- Temporarily ceasing to provide a service due to available resources, quality issues or relocation of a facility
Situations that may lead to voluntary withdrawal from accreditation may include, but are not limited to:
- Permanently cancelling accreditation due to lack of funding, loss of personnel resources or loss of a facility