Accreditation and Proficiency Testing Subcommittee

Accreditation is a process by which an independent third party verifies compliance with established standards. In forensic science, accreditation standards include criteria for laboratories performing specific types of testing and/or examination, measurement, or calibration activities. Additionally, the implementation of a robust and standardized proficiency testing program, used in conjunction with or independent of accreditation, is a key element of an effective quality management system. Professional certification is the recognition by an independent body that an individual has acquired and demonstrated specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities in the standard practices necessary to execute the duties of their profession. The Accreditation and Proficiency Testing Subcommittee considered the role of accreditation and proficiency test programs as part of a quality management system, forensic science personnel certification and explored issues such as consistency of existing standards and programs, application to technological innovations and challenges associated with implementation.

Accreditation and Proficiency Testing Subcommittee Members

Work Products Archive

Certification

Initial Draft Views on Certification of Forensic Science Practitioners (Introduced at NCFS Meeting #10 – June 20-21, 2016)

Adjudication Summary for Views on Certification of Forensic Science Practitioners

Final Draft Views on Certification of Forensic Science Practitioners

Views on Certification of Forensic Science Practitioners (Adopted at NCFS Meeting #11 - September 12, 2016)

Accreditation of Certification Bodies

Initial Draft Views on Accreditation and Recognition of Forensic Science Certification Bodies (Introduced at NCFS Meeting #10 – June 20-21, 2016)

Adjudication Summary for Views on Accreditation of Forensic Science Certification Bodies

Final Draft Views on Accreditation of Forensic Science Certification Bodies

Views on Accreditation of Forensic Science Certification Bodies (Adopted at NCFS Meeting #11 - September 12, 2016)

Accreditation Program Requirements

Initial Draft Views on Accreditation Program Requirements (Introduced at NCFS Meeting #10 – June 20-21, 2016)

Adjudication Summary for Views on Accreditation Program Requirements

Final Draft Views on Accreditation Program Requirements

Views on Accreditation Program Requirements (Adopted at NCFS Meeting #11 - September 12, 2016)

Universal Accreditation

Initial Draft Policy Recommendation on Universal Accreditation Released for Public Comment(Introduced at NCFS Meeting #4 – October 28-29, 2014)

Adjudication Summary of Recommendation on Universal Accreditation

Final Draft Work Product on Universal Accreditation as Submitted for Vote

Recommendation on Universal Accreditation (Adopted at NCFS Meeting #6 - April 30 - May 1, 2015; Reconciled at NCFS Meeting #9 - March 21-22, 2016)

Steps to Accreditation

Initial Draft Views on Critical Steps to Accreditation (Introduced at NCFS Meeting #8 – December 7-8, 2015)

Final Draft Views on Critical Steps to Accreditation

Adjudication Summary for Views on Critical Steps to Accreditation

Views on Critical Steps to Accreditation (Adopted at NCFS Meeting #9 - March 21-22, 2016)

Proficiency Testing

Initial Draft Recommendation on Proficiency Testing (Introduced at NCFS Meeting #10 – June 20-21, 2016)

Initial Draft Views on Proficiency Testing in Forensic Science (Introduced at NCFS Meeting #8 – December 7-8, 2015)

Adjudication Summary for Views on Proficiency Testing in Forensic Sciences

Final Draft Views on Proficiency Testing in Forensic Sciences

Views on Proficiency Testing in Forensic Science (Adopted at NCFS Meeting #9 - March 21-22, 2016)

Adjudication for Recommendation on Proficiency Testing in Forensic Sciences

Final Draft Recommendation on Proficiency Testing in Forensic Sciences

Recommendation on Proficiency Testing (Adopted at NCFS Meeting #11 - September 12, 2016)

Accreditation of Digital and Multimedia Evidence Forensic Science Service Providers

Initial Draft Recommendations for the Accreditation of Digital and Multimedia Evidence Forensic Science Service Providers (Introduced at NCFS Meeting #9 – March 21-22, 2016)

Adjudication Summary for Recommendation on Accreditation of Digital and Multimedia Evidence Forensic Science Service Providers

Initial Draft Recommendation on Accreditation of Digital and Multimedia Evidence Forensic Science Service Providers (version 2 - Introduced at NCFS Meeting #11 – September 12-13, 2016)

Adjudication Summary for Recommendation on Accreditation of Digital and Multimedia Evidence Forensic Science Service Providers (version 2)

Final Draft Recommendation on Accreditation of Digital and Multimedia Evidence Forensic Science Service Providers (version 2)

Recommendation on Accreditation of Digital and Multimedia Evidence Forensic Science Service Providers (Adopted at NCFS Meeting #12 - January 9, 2017)

Updated April 24, 2017