Course Description

Both ISO/IEC 17025:2017 and the ANAB Forensic Accreditation Requirement documents (AR 3125) have moved to less prescriptive, more performance-based requirements with an aspect of risk-based thinking to facilitate greater effectiveness and continuous improvement.  This course will review specific requirements that incorporate the word risk as well as those requirements that foster a risk-based thinking approach.  Risk will be defined and several risk-based thinking approaches and tools for identifying, assessing, addressing and monitoring risks in a forensic laboratory will be presented.  Participants will then apply these tools and their risk-based thinking knowledge and skills to several practical exercises. 

Course Duration:  One day, 8 hours per day, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 requirements regarding risk as well as those requirements that foster risk-based thinking.
  • Learn the definition of risk and the common components for risk-based thinking.
  • Become familiar with various tools and resources available and acquire knowledge and skills for implementing a risk-based thinking approach.
  • Prepare for the identification and evaluation of risks and opportunities within your own management system

Who should attend?

Any forensic laboratory staff who are or will be involved in developing, implementing and/or maintaining a risk-based thinking approach in their laboratory.

Private On-site Training

The Risk-based Thinking for Forensic Laboratories training is available as a private on-site course. Contact us at or 414-501-5466 for more information.