What is Accreditation?
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Criminalistics Laboratory recognizes the importance of accreditation and has made a dedicated effort to obtain and maintain accreditation over the past decade. First accredited in 1999, these efforts have placed the laboratory among a group of more than 400 laboratories across the nation and around the world determined to promote scientifically valid and high quality forensic examinations. Accreditation is an important step which demonstrates to our users that we are recognized by an objective, external body to be compliant to a set of standards recognized within our community, across our country, and around the world.
The laboratory is accredited to the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard, an internationally accepted standard for any testing and calibration laboratory. Our laboratory was the first full-service public laboratory in our region (Kansas and our surrounding states) to achieve this level of accreditation. In addition to the many requirements found in this International standard, we are required to meet forensic science specific standards designed by our accrediting body, as well as requirements we put upon ourselves. In total, we must remain with and demonstrate compliance to many hundreds of individual requirements in order to maintain our accreditation. These requirements help us to produce the highest quality and unbiased forensic science test results for the law enforcement community in Johnson County.
The laboratory is accredited by ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) doing business as the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB). The laboratory's current scope of accreditation (certificate # ALI-111-T) and accreditation status can be found by searching for us on our accrediting body's website