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Comments Sought on ANAB-ASCLD/LAB Requirements

In an ongoing effort to provide customers with relevant and timely program documents, ANAB has revised the requirements for ASCLD/LAB’s and ANAB’s forensic accreditation programs.

Two documents are open for comment:

While the accreditation requirements documents are separate, the numbering of clauses has been harmonized between the two documents to assist quality systems that are preparing for or currently hold accreditation for both programs. Any requirement applicable to both programs has the same number in both documents. Requirements applicable to only one program have unique numbers. In addition, language encompassed previously in ANAB and ASCLD/LAB policies has been included in the accreditation requirements. Requirements have been revised to provide greater operational flexibility, and focus on minimum expectations (e.g., the what, not the how), electronic and paperless documentation systems, and harmonized requirements across all forensic science disciplines.

A separate document (ANAB-ASCLD/LAB ISO-IEC 17025:2005 Horseracing Laboratories Technical Requirements) will specify requirements for horesracing laboratories.

Current Accreditation Requirements and Policies

Current program documents can be found at:

Forensic Science Testing Laboratories

The proposed ANAB-ASCLD/LAB ISO/IEC 17025-Forensic Science Testing Laboratories Accreditation Requirements include revisions based on suggestions from our working group and harmonization of ANAB and ASCLD/LAB documents. Many ANAB and ASCLD/LAB requirements are carried over, but customers are encouraged to read the accreditation requirements as a new document. To aid users in comparing current and proposed requirements, crosswalks have been prepared as follows:

Forensic Science Calibration Laboratories

The proposed ANAB-ASCLD/LAB ISO/IEC 17025-Forensic Science Calibration Laboratories Accreditation Requirements contains revisions of the current supplemental requirements to harmonize with the proposed ANAB-ASCLD/LAB ISO/IEC 17025-Forensic Science Testing Laboratories Accreditation Requirements. Many ASCLD/LAB requirements are carried over, but users are encouraged to read the accreditation requirements as a new document. To aid users in comparing current and proposed requirements, a crosswalk has been prepared:

Accreditation Requirements Surveys

Constructive comments will be collected using Survey Monkey. Independent surveys are provided for the proposed testing and calibration accreditation requirements:

Customers and interested parties are encouraged to review both documents and refer to a specific clause numbers when commenting. Clearly stating a specific concern and including a suggested change to effectively address the concern provides the greatest value. We appreciate the time taken to review the proposed requirements and provide comments. We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to participate in the ANAB-ASCLD/LAB document development process.

Additional program updates, including implementation dates, will be provided in future communications.