Quality assurance guidelines for laboratories performing forensic analysis of chemical terrorism.
LeBeau-MA; Einseln-AR; Fetterolf-DD; Alcaraz-A; Darby-S; Drummond-M; Harper-M; Hooper-C; Kennedy-E; Magnuson-M; Montgomery-MA; Nottingham-E; Peterson-J; Quenzer-CF; Satzger-RD; Seidel-J; Wolnik-K
Forensic Sci Commun 2004 Apr; 6(2):1-14
The Scientific Working Group on Forensic Analysis of Chemical Terrorism (SWGFACT) has developed the following quality assurance guidelines to provide laboratories engaged in forensic analysis of chemical evidence associated with terrorism a framework to implement a quality assurance program. This document provides guidance to laboratories that carry out forensic analysis to support the judicial system. Consideration may be given to alternate methods of achieving the intent of these quality assurance practices as outlined in these guidelines. A quality program is always evolving, and likewise, this document should be considered a living document. SWGFACT's mission is "to develop guidelines for the forensic identification, characterization, and attribution of evidence in planned, threatened, or actual acts of chemical terrorism." The Quality Assurance Guidelines for Laboratories Performing Forensic Analysis of Chemical Terrorism may be used by laboratories to structure or enhance their quality assurance practices in the analysis of chemical terrorism. SWGFACT emphasizes the importance of complying with applicable international, federal, state, and local regulations, specifically in the areas of sample shipment, hazard containment, and personnel protection. These guidelines describe quality assurance activities that a laboratory should follow to ensure the quality and integrity of the data and competency of the laboratory. A laboratory, in the context of these guidelines, is defined as a facility in which analyses associated with chemical terrorism is performed. These guidelines do not preclude a laboratory by itself or in collaboration with others from participating in research and development.
Forensic-medicine; Quality-control; Quality-standards; Laboratories; Chemical-analysis; Chemical-warfare-agents; Laboratory-testing; Laboratory-workers
Marc A. LeBeau, SWGFACT Chair, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Quantico, VA
Forensic Science Communications
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