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NCJ Number: 218687 Find in a Library
Title: Quality Assurance Guidelines for Laboratories Performing Forensic Analysis of Chemical Terrorism
Author(s): Marc A. LeBeau
Date Published: April 2004
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation
Quantico, VA 22135
Sale Source: US Dept of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation
Laboratory Branch
2501 Investigation Parkway
Quantico, VA 22135
United States of America
Document: HTML
Type: Guideline
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper presents quality assurance guidelines, developed by the Scientific Working Group on Forensic Analysis of Chemical Terrorism (SWGFACT), for laboratories engaged in forensic analysis of chemical terrorism and implementing a quality assurance program.
Abstract: These guidelines describe quality assurance activities that a laboratory should follow to ensure the quality and integrity of the data and competency of the laboratory. A laboratory, in the context of these guidelines, is defined as a facility in which analyses associated with chemical terrorism is performed. The guidelines presented are under the headings of scope, definitions, quality assurance program, organization and management, technical personnel and training, facilities and security, evidence control, validation, analytical procedures, equipment calibrations and maintenance, reports and supporting documentation, review of reports, proficiency testing, corrective action, audits, safety, and subcontracting. The Scientific Working Group on Forensic Analysis of Chemical Terrorism (SWGFACT) developed the quality assurance guidelines to provide laboratories engaged in forensic analysis of chemical evidence associated with terrorism a framework to implement a quality assurance program. It provides guidance to laboratories that carry out forensic analysis to support the judicial system.
Main Term(s): Crime laboratories
Index Term(s): Chemical irritants; Crime laboratory management; Police policies and procedures; Police standards; Quality control; Standards implementation; Terrorism/Mass Violence; Terrorist weapons
Note: Forensic Science Communications, V 6, N 2, April 2004; downloaded on June 5, 2007.
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