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Independent audit strengthens State Crime Lab’s work

Release date: 11/10/2011

Firearms, Drug and DNA sections undergo thorough review
as lab moves toward international standards

Raleigh: An independent inspection of the State Crime Laboratory’s firearms, drug and DNA work has helped to strengthen the lab, SBI Director Greg McLeod and State Crime Lab Director Joseph R. John, Sr. announced today.
 
Three forensic experts assigned by the American Society of Crime Lab Directors/Laboratory Assessment Board (ASCLD/LAB) conducted an onsite inspection of three Lab Sections on October 26-28, 2010: Forensic Biology, Drug Chemistry, and Firearms and Tool Mark. 
 
The inspectors assessed policies and procedures for the three lab sections. They also thoroughly reviewed 90 days of current firearms case work.
 
“We appreciate this rigorous review which helps the State Lab to better fulfill its mission of solving crimes and protecting the public,” said Director McLeod.
 
The inspectors found that all issues identified through the review have been resolved through corrective measures taken under the leadership of new Lab Director Judge John.
 
“We welcome the inspectors’ determination that all findings have been resolved and appreciate their careful and meticulous examination,” said Judge John. “Our scientists are dedicated professionals who are fully committed to operating the Laboratory at the highest level as we work toward achieving international standards.”
 
The State Crime Lab is working toward accreditation under stringent international ISO17025 standards. The Drug Chemistry Section began operating under ISO sampling standards in December 2010, and eventual full operation in all sections is expected early next year. That will allow the lab to be accredited by two outside organizations, making it one of the first in the U.S. to have dual ISO accreditation.

  Contact:  Noelle Talley, (919) 716-6413