ANAB is the leader for independent third-party accreditation of forensic agencies. We offer accreditation based on ISO/IEC 17020 and ISO/IEC 17025.

The longest established provider of accreditation based on ISO standards for forensic agencies in the United States, ANAB began providing accreditation of forensic testing agencies in 1982.  Accreditation programs for forensic testing agencies moved to a foundation based on ISO/IEC 17025 in 1999 and ANAB began offering accreditation of forensic inspection services to ISO/IEC 17020 in 2011.

Forensic testing, calibration, and/or inspection services can be provided by

  • Crime laboratories
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Medical examiner offices
  • Breath alcohol calibration laboratories
  • Environmental testing laboratories
  • Animal drug testing laboratories
  • Academic organizations
  • Public health organizations

Disciplines for which accreditation is offered include but are not limited to:

  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Bloodstain pattern analysis
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Digital evidence
  • Disaster victim identification
  • Document examination
  • Fire and explosive investigations
  • Firearms and toolmarks
  • Fire debris and explosives
  • Footwear and tire
  • Friction ridge
  • Geological materials
  • Gunshot residue
  • Materials (trace)
  • Medicolegal death investigation
  • Odontology
  • Seized drugs
  • Toxicology
  • Video imaging
  • Wildlife forensics

Accreditation is based on assessment of an agency's technical qualifications and competence for conducting specific testing, calibration, and/or inspection activities within the scope of ISO/IEC 17025 or ISO/IEC 17020 and any relevant field-specific standards included in amplification documents. All ANAB forensic accreditation programs are based on ILAC G19, with the ANAB International (non-USA) programs focused on use of this international guidance document.

ANAB offers flexible scoping. An agency can determine which aspects of its testing, calibration, and/or inspection services to accredit.

ANAB issues an accreditation certificate only after nonconformities are resolved. This assures your customers that your agency is truly in compliance with the appropriate ISO standards.

Each accreditation cycle includes the initial on-site assessment for accreditation followed by regular surveillance activities to assess continued compliance with accreditation requirements.

Making the Case for Accreditation

Need help deciding or convincing others that accreditation is right for your organization? You can find case studies and research on the benefits and value of standards, accreditation, certification, inspection, and testing at the Business Benefits and Public Sector Assurance websites.