Instructor: Miguel Palmer, MS, MBA
Attendees: lab administrators, department chiefs, technicians, forensic science faculty, law enforcement
This course is for individuals who are considering participating in the process of forensic laboratory accreditation. The course will focus on an overview of the ISO 17025:2005 Standard for testing laboratories, which is the basis of the accreditation of forensic laboratories in the world, the implementation of selected criteria in a forensic setting, developing skills in laboratory audits, and identifying management responsibilities in the process.
Topics to be discussed will include: scope of accreditation, customer service, corrective action, personnel, validation, chain of custody, and report writing, among others. Participants will develop an understanding of the current accreditation standards, including audits, corrective actions, interview techniques, report writing, ISO principles, international criteria, responsibility of management, record keeping, confidentiality, chain of custody, proficiency tests, validation, personnel training, position profiles and candidate qualifications, testimony in court, report writing, document preparation, and others.