Algeria: ICITAP-Mentored Forensic Lab Reaches Historic Achievement

April 11, 2019

On April 11, the Algerian Gendarmerie Forensic Lab (INCC) completed its second surveillance audit of six previously accredited forensic disciplines, and assessment for accreditation of five new forensic disciplines: trace, firearms, latent prints, questioned documents, toxicology, and biology (DNA). ICITAP has provided assistance to the Algerian National Gendarmerie (GN) and General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) since 2011 to achieve accreditation for their forensic laboratory under standards set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17025 and 17020. The findings of the joint audit and assessment showed no non-conformities for ISO 17025 or 17020. The INCC is the first lab to ever receive accreditation in entomology under both ICITAP and the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB); there are no labs accredited in the U.S. in this discipline. In anthropology, the INCC is the first lab to be accredited under ICITAP and the second under ANAB; there are less than four labs accredited by ANAB in this discipline in the U.S.. Through ICITAP’s continued support over the last eight years, the Algerian GN/INCC has finally attained its goal of receiving full ISO accreditation in all 11 of its forensic lab departments. This is yet another first for Algeria and the region. In Algeria, ICITAP partners with the State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism (CT).

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