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ISO/IEC 17025 Forensic Testing Laboratory Accreditation

What is ISO/IEC 17025 Forensic testing Laboratory Accreditation?

Results generated by forensic testing laboratories are integral to the criminal justice process. Accreditation provides confidence in a forensic laboratory’s operation by enabling the demonstration of competence, impartiality, and consistent operation through conformance to internationally recognized standards.

ANAB only uses subject matter experts with experience in the specific forensic discipline for which the agency is seeking accreditation.

ANAB offers scoping which allows agencies to decide which aspect of their testing, calibration, or inspection to accredit.

ANAB is approved by the FBI’s National DNA Indexing System (NDIS) Procedures Board as an accrediting agency and operates under an MOU with the FBI to provide accreditation and external Quality Assurance Standards (QAS) assessments.

ANAB partners with the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) of the Department of Justice to provide accreditation and training services in the international community.

ANAB is the only accrediting body authorized by the New York State Commission on Forensic Science to accredit forensic laboratories to ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO/IEC 17020.

ANAB is recognized under Texas Administrative Code to provide forensic accreditation.

ANAB is authorized by the Maryland Department of Health, Office of Health Care Quality to assess forensic laboratories’ compliance with the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR).

ANAB is the exclusive provider of accreditation to the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) Checklist in conjunction with ISO/IEC 17025.

Steps to ISO/IEC 17025 Forensic testing Laboratory Accreditation

accreditation process steps
  • Quote
  • Application
  • Document Review
  • Accreditation Assessment
  • Corrective Action
  • Accreditation Decision
  • Surveillance and Reassessment

Forensic Testing Laboratory Disciplines

  • Biology
  • Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
  • Digital and Video/Imaging Technology and Analysis
  • Fire Debris and Explosives
  • Firearms and Toolmarks
  • Friction Ridge
  • Impressions
  • Materials (Trace)
  • Medicolegal Death Investigation
  • Scene Investigation
  • Seized Drugs
  • Toxicology
  • And more

Talk to an Expert

Jan Girten

Senior Manager of Accreditation, Forensics


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Related Resources

MA 3033 Accreditation Manual explains the operational activities and responsibilities for ANAB and forensic laboratories.

MA 3033 Accreditation Manual is also available in Spanish.

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