Laboratory Accreditation Status
The laboratory is currently accredited by ANAB to the ISO/IEC 17025 and the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB) - International requirements. Accreditation Certificate / Scope
The Austin Police Department Forensic Science Bureau has been accredited since 2005, initially by ASCLD/LAB, which merged with ANAB in 2016.
The Bureau is also accredited by the State of Texas through the Texas Forensic Science Commission. Any laboratory or other entity (public or private) conducting forensic analysis of physical evidence must be accredited by the TFSC in order for that laboratory's evidence or testimony to be admissible in a criminal proceeding under Code of Criminal Procedure Article 38.35. Texas Forensic Science Commission Lab Accreditation Certificate
A list of current accredited laboratories can be found on the Texas Forensic Science Commission website at the following link.
History of ASCLD/LAB and ANAB
ASCLD/LAB was originally created in 1981 as a committee of its parent organization, the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD). In 1984, ASCLD/LAB became a separate corporate entity with its own Board of Directors elected by a Delegate Assembly comprised of the directors of accredited laboratories and laboratory systems. ASCLD/LAB began accrediting crime laboratories in 1982, making it the oldest and most widely known crime/forensic laboratory accrediting body in the world. Since then, ASCLD/LAB has accredited most of the federal, state and local public crime laboratories, as well as most of the private crime laboratories in the United States. It also accredited forensic laboratories in six foreign countries on several continents. ASCLD/LAB offered laboratories the opportunity to earn accreditation in the various forensic disciplines that encompass the services generally provided by forensic laboratories.
ASCLD/LAB was recognized as an ISO/IEC 17011 compliant accrediting body in the field of forensic science by the Inter American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC) in September 2008 and by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) in April 2009. It became a signatory to both the IAAC Multi-lateral Recognition Arrangement and the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement.
In April 2016, the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) signed an affiliation agreement with ASCLD/LAB, which merged ASCLD/LAB operations into ANAB.
Additional information about ANAB may be found here.