What is ASCLD/LAB?
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. These efforts have placed the Laboratory among a group of more than 380 laboratories across the nation and around the world determined to promote scientifically valid and high quality forensic examinations. The list of ASCLD/LAB accredited laboratories includes 189 state laboratories, 133 local agency laboratories, 23 federal laboratories, 18 international (outside the United States) laboratories and 24 private. According to the ASCLD/LAB website:
The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB) is the oldest and most well known crime/forensic laboratory accrediting body in the world. ASCLD/LAB has been accrediting crime laboratories since 1982 and currently accredits most of the federal, state and local crime laboratories in the United States plus forensic laboratories in six countries outside of the United States.
In 2010, the JCCL joined the ranks of about half of the ASCLD/LAB accredited laboratories to achieve a higher level of accreditation; the ASCLD/LAB-International Program. The JCCL was the first full-service public laboratory in our region (to include our surrounding states only) to achieve this level of accreditation. This level of accreditation is based upon a set of internationally recognized guidelines (ISO/IEC 17025) for testing laboratories. This accreditation ensures that all aspects of the laboratory's operations meet a very stringent set of guidelines.
The laboratory's current scope of accreditation can be found by searching for us on our accrediting body's website, or by clicking here.