ISO/IEC 17020 is the international standard for accreditation of bodies performing inspection. FQS accreditation is based on an assessment of the unit's procedures, technical qualifications, and competence for conducting specific inspection activities within the scope of the standard, all with reference to ISO/IEC 17020 requirements.
"FQS was excited to have the opportunity to work with the Plano Police Department Crime Scene Investigation Unit to complete a successful assessment and provide formal recognition of their competence," said Terry Mills, FQS Manager of Accreditation. "Accreditation to ISO/IEC 17020 is becoming the new norm for forensic inspection agencies, and we take pride in being at the forefront of a significant trend."
The Plano Crime Scene Investigation Unit accreditation applies to the disciplines of crime scene investigations, latent prints, and firearms examinations.
While U.S. accrediting bodies previously accredited crime scene units to ISO/IEC 17025, the international standard for analytical testing laboratories, FQS recognized that ISO/IEC 17020 is more appropriate for the forensic work performed by crime scene investigators and last year launched its ISO/IEC 17020 program for police forensic units.
The first law enforcement agency in the Americas to become accredited to ISO/IEC 17020 for forensic inspection is the Forensic Science Institute of Puerto Rico, which was accredited by FQS in February 2012.
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