Accreditation for Breath Alcohol Calibration

ANAB accredits Forensic Science Calibration Laboratories to ISO/IEC 17025. Demand for accredited forensic science service providers is growing worldwide as scrutiny and expectations increases. In 2009, the National Academy of Sciences recommended mandatory accreditation of all forensic science laboratories and facilities (public or private). In 2016, the National Commission on Forensic Science echoed this recommendation.

The ANAB Forensic Science Calibration program currently accredits providers who calibrate breath alcohol measuring instruments. These measuring instruments are used to calculate the amount of alcohol (ethanol) in a human subject’s breath. Calibration is the process used to ensure the measuring instrument is accurate and meets the needs of the customers. Frequently these instruments are used for evidential purposes (e.g., alcohol related driving offenses) but may also include other areas such as workplace testing or court mandated testing (e.g., ignition interlock).

Laboratories may also prepare reference material to be used in conjunction with breath alcohol measuring instruments. The ASCLD/LAB-International Program for Calibration of Breath Alcohol Reference Material historically accredited laboratories to produce reference material based on ISO/IEC 17025. However, with the 2016 publication of ISO 17034 (General requirements for the competence of reference material producers), applications are no longer being accepted for accreditation based on ISO/IEC 17025. Please click here for more information on the ANAB accreditation program currently available to reference material producers.

See ISO/IEC 17025 Forensic Documents for requirements and other documents related to ANAB accreditation for Forensic Science Calibration.