ASCLD Adds New Content to Accreditation Initiative Toolkit

May 7, 2020 — One of ASCLD’s primary goals is to promote quality operations. Universal accreditation has been identified as an important initiative to achieve this goal. ASCLD is committed to advocate for funding streams to assist agencies pursuing accreditation. ASCLD partners with forensic science organizations, accrediting bodies, and other domestic and international stakeholders to promote the value of accreditation.

Accreditation represents the commitment of the laboratory to ensure standardization and improvement in all forensic operations, engage in strategic risk management, and ensure the technical competency of personnel necessary to produce reliable and defensible work products used in the criminal justice system.

ASCLD has recently added new content to the Accreditation Initiative Toolkit, including:

• ANAB Top 10 Nonconformities

• 7.7 Ensuring the Validity of Results

• The Importance of Internal Audits and Management Reviews

• Causal Analysis and Corrective Action

• ANAB Blog on Internal Audits

• Introduction to ISO/IEC 17020 Accredited Inspection

You can see the full Toolkit here.

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Forensic Podiatry (Part Two of Two)

THE DISCIPLINE of forensic podiatry—or, in other words, the examination of pedal evidence—has progressed significantly over the past ten years. It is no longer a question of “What can you do with a footprint?” but rather, “Who can we use to evaluate the footprint?” Cases involving pedal evidence, especially bloody footprints and issues of determining shoe sizing or fit issues compared to questioned footwear, have become more common over the past two or three years.