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NACLA Grants Recognition to Forensic Accreditation Body

Washington, DC, Sep 21, 2004

The National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation (NACLA) has granted recognition to the Forensic Quality Services - International (FQS-l) laboratory accreditation program. The recognition is an attestation that FQS-I is a competent laboratory accreditation body (AB) that has demonstrated to a NACLA evaluation team that it complies with NACLA procedures and the international standard for a competent AB (ISO/IEC Guide 58).

Located in Largo, FL, FQS-I provdes accreditation services to forensic science laboratories. It is recognized by NACLA for the following scope: Forensic science that supports litigation, civil or administrative suits, and regulatory inquiries.

FQS-I becomes the sixth AB recognized by NACLA. The other five are the American Industrial Hygiene Assn. (AIHA); the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA); the International Accreditation Service (IAS); the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP); and the Performance Review Institute's Nadcap program. The scopes for which these ABs are recognized will be found on the NACLA web site (

NACLA is a private-sector not-for-profit organization, incorporated in the District of Columbia, with offices in Orlando, FL and Arlington, VA. NACLA's primary mission is to evaluate U.S. laboratory accreditation bodies and to grant recognition to those ABs found to be in compliance with NACLA procedures and the relevant international standards for competent ABs. (NACLA itself does not accredit laboratories.) NACLA also provides educational and training opportunities to persons interested in laboratory accreditation.

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