MPD Crime Lab is first in Minnesota to receive ASCLD/LAB (ISO) certification

Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan announced on Monday, Sept. 21, that the MPD Crime Lab has received accreditation from the American Society of Crime Lab Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB). The Minneapolis Police Crime Lab is the first forensic laboratory in Minnesota to receive an ASCLD/LAB International Organization for Standardization (ISO) accreditation.

Achieving ASCLD/LAB (ISO) accreditation has been a rigorous, five year process for the MPD Crime Lab, requiring extensive review of laboratory examination and documentation procedures used in the examination of evidence. The Crime Laboratory Director attended extensive training in preparing the laboratory for the accreditation process and the transition to the new international standards. The accreditation process also required the creation of a Laboratory Quality Assurance Coordinator position. The QA coordinator worked extensively within the lab to prepare for the multi-day ASCLD/LAB Assessment.  During the assessment ASCLD/LAB assessors from various forensic disciplines spent several days in the Crime Lab reviewing all standard operating procedures, case files, training records, competency/proficiency tests, management reviews and QA documentation. Following the assessment the Crime Laboratory Quality Assurance Coordinator worked with Crime Lab personnel and ASCLD/LAB assessors to assure deficiencies identified during the assessment were brought into conformance with ASCLD/LAB accreditation requirements and ISO 17025 standards. 

The MPD Crime Lab took the unprecedented step of taking a forensic laboratory through the more demanding ASCLD/LAB International Organization for Standardization (ISO) accreditation process, without initially having an ASCLD/LAB accreditation status.  All forensic laboratories that are currently ASCLD/LAB accredited will eventually have to convert to ISO standards in order to retain their accreditation status.

An ASCLD/LAB representative will be coming to Minneapolis to formally present the ASCLD/LAB (ISO) certificate of accreditation to the Department in the near future.  

Sept. 21, 2009

Published Sep 21, 2009