Public Comment Period Opportunity for ANAB-ASCLD/LAB Accreditation Requirements open until December 9, 2016

A Public Comment Period Opportunity – Accreditation Requirements for Forensic Science Testing and Calibration Laboratories   The comment period closes December 9, 2016 As a part of ANAB’s ongoing efforts to provide customers with relevant and timely program documents, we have revised the accreditation requirements for ASCLD/LAB’s Forensic Science Testing Program and Forensic Science Calibration Program [...]

ANAB and ABFT Form Strategic Alliance

ANAB and the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) have formed a strategic alliance whereby ANAB will administer the ABFT accreditation program on behalf of the ABFT. While the ABFT laboratory accreditation program will be unchanged, all forensic toxicology laboratories accredited by the ABFT or seeking ABFT accreditation will now have an avenue to become [...]

Updated ASCLD/LAB-International Program Overview

The purpose of this communication is to make you aware of a revision to the ASCLD/LAB-International Program Overview. The revised document is available at the link provided. This version of the ASCLD/LAB-International Program Overview is effective May 27, 2016. The revisions primarily reflect changes resulting from the merger of ASCLD/LAB with the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation [...]

ANAB and ASCLD/LAB Merge Forensics Operations

Milwaukee – The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) has signed an affiliation agreement with the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB), merging ASCLD/LAB into ANAB. Like ANAB, ASCLD/LAB provides accreditation based on international standards for public and private sector crime laboratories. Both ANAB and ASCLD/LAB are grounded in conducting scientific and technical [...]

Updated ASCLD/LAB Program Overview and Supplemental Requirements

The purpose of this communication is to make you aware of three enhancements to the ASCLD/LAB accreditation program. We encourage you to review each of the topics listed below and to read the revised documents that are applicable to you. Program Changes Applicable to Testing and Calibration Laboratories The ASCLD/LAB-International Program Overview has been revised [...]

Update on ASCLD/LAB DNA Mixture Interpretation Position

ASCLD/LAB Delegate Assembly Members, Assessors & Interested Parties: REFERENCE: ASCLD/LAB Interpretation/Position Statement about the Interpretation of a DNA Profile Containing a Mixture of Two or More Individuals For all laboratories accredited by ASCLD/LAB in the Biology discipline and the DNA category of testing, please ensure that this message is provided to those within your laboratory [...]

July 31, 2015 Board of Directors Interpretations on DNA Testing Services

Originally communicated to all ASCLD/LAB accredited and applicant laboratories in the July 31, 2015 ASCLD/LAB Newsletter The ASCLD/LAB Board of Directors has worked over the last year to further refine the interpretations/position statements related to two aspects of DNA testing services: Properly Qualifying DNA Associations in Test Reports Validation of and Reporting DNA Mixture Interpretations [...]

July 2015 Newsletter Correction

On page 7 of the July 31, 2015 ASCLD/LAB Newsletter, we honored Pete Marone by sharing news of him receiving the 2015 Doug Lucas Award from ASCLD/LAB. In the newsletter, we incorrectly reported that Pete was awarded the ASCLD Briggs White Award “this year.” Pete actually received the Briggs White Award from ASCLD in 2009. [...]

ASCLD/LAB Position Statement – CODIS Allele Frequencies

Dear ASCLD/LAB Delegate Assembly Members and Interested Parties: On behalf of the ASCLD/LAB Board of Directors, I am providing you with the attached position statement from ASCLD/LAB regarding the FBI’s recent “Notice of Amendment of the FBI’s STR Population Data Published in 1999 and 2001.”  The intended purpose of the attached statement is to inform [...]

Follow-up from ASCLD/LAB – CODIS Allele Frequencies

Dear ASCLD/LAB Delegate Assembly Members and Interested Parties: On May 29, 2015, you received a special announcement from ASCLD/LAB regarding amendments to the 1999 and 2001 FBI STR Population Data.  You were also advised on that date that you could anticipate a follow-up message from the ASCLD/LAB Board to be forthcoming around June 15, 2015.  [...]