Accreditation in the United States:
The 2009 National Academy
of Sciences report titled “STRENGTHENING FORENSIC SCIENCE IN THE UNITED STATES:
A PATH FORWARD” recommended that
accreditation should be mandatory for all forensic laboratories.
Any public or private laboratory conducting forensic analysis in
any of the four sub-disciplines of ASCLD/LAB's Digital & Multimedia Evidence
Discipline can apply for accreditation.
Most public Digital Forensics laboratories in
the United States are
ASCLD/LAB accredited or are working towards accreditation.
Several private Digital Forensic laboratories
have already attained ASCLD/LAB accreditation.
What are you going to do?
Quality Management System:
Policies, standard procedures, and work
instructions to ensure the quality of test results are in place.
and external quality audits are conducted.
Appropriate standards and controls are
used during examinations.
Examiners are trained, proficiency tested,
critical component that should be
performed before submitting any application for accreditation.
The problem is twofold: knowing
clauses in ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and the ASCLD/LAB International Supplemental
Requirements (2011 Edition) are applicable to Digital Forensics, and what you have to do to
attain compliance with them.
Neither ISO/IEC 17025:2005 nor the ASCLD/LAB
International Supplemental Requirements (2011 Edition) indicate which clauses are
applicable. Neither do they indicate how to attain compliance.
A thorough Gap Analysis of all your
documentation and physical plant is necessary to determine compliance/noncompliance
with applicable clauses and identify
additional documentation and resources.