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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is pleased to announce that the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Crime Laboratory Bureau has achieved International accreditation from the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB). Accreditation by the ASCLD/LAB is recognized by the criminal justice system as a means of determining a laboratory meets internationally recognized standards of operation for forensic laboratories. The Crime Laboratory Bureau has been accredited by ASCLD/LAB since 1991, and this accreditation marks a successful transition to conformance with international standards.
“We are committed to constant improvement in the delivery of forensic services for the citizens of Wisconsin and a rigorous external accreditation process ensures we're meeting the needs of our public safety and criminal justice partners,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.
Since its founding in 1982, the ASCLD/LAB has been the leader in crime lab accreditation. The organization is the first in the world dedicated to accrediting crime labs and is still the only accrediting body that focuses entirely on labs performing testing for criminal purposes.
Accreditation is part of a laboratory's quality management program. The process includes the preparation and submission of a detailed application package from the laboratory (providing information about the lab's quality management system); a thorough review of documentation (technical procedures, etc.) prior to going on-site; and a comprehensive on-site evaluation of personnel, facilities and all aspects of the laboratory's operations. Once a lab has been accredited, the ASCLD/LAB conducts yearly surveillance visits and then another full assessment five years later.
The Crime Laboratory Bureau started as a single crime laboratory established in 1946 serving the state out of a location in Madison. Since then, the Bureau has grown to a modern forensic system composed of crime laboratories located in Madison, Milwaukee, and Wausau with 160 dedicated employees servicing the state's criminal justice system.
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 five countries outside of the U.S. For more information, visit ascld-lab.org.