Academic journal article Forensic Science Communications

Quality Assurance Audit for Forensic DNA and Convicted Offender DNA Databasing Laboratories

Academic journal article Forensic Science Communications

Quality Assurance Audit for Forensic DNA and Convicted Offender DNA Databasing Laboratories

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The FBI Laboratory has directed the recent development and issuance of an audit document designed for use by laboratories in assessing compliance with the national quality assurance standards. These standards were initially developed as recommended practices by the DNA Advisory Board (DAB) and ultimately issued by the Director of the FBI. This audit document addresses the national quality assurance standards related to both forensic DNA and convicted offender DNA testing laboratories.

Prior to development of this document, a standardized audit process did not exist within the forensic community for assessing compliance, creating the potential for inconsistency and possible misinterpretation of the standards. In an effort to address the questions and concerns of individual laboratories related to specific interpretative issues, the FBI Laboratory solicited input from the forensic community through a series of regional, national, and international presentations. Additionally, individuals from selected forensic laboratories were consulted regarding the design and content of the document. Finally, members from two prominent quality organizations, the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB) and the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC), collaborated with the FBI Laboratory to ensure that the final work product fully satisfies the interpretative views of both organizations. …

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