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Validation guidelines for laboratories performing forensic analysis of chemical terrorism.
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Forensic Sci Commun 2005 Apr; 7(2):1-14
The Scientific Working Group on Forensic Analysis of Chemical Terrorism has developed the following guidelines for laboratories engaged in the forensic analysis of chemical evidence associated with terrorism. This document provides a baseline framework and guidance for a validation program for forensic analytical procedures. Consideration may be given to alternative approaches of achieving the intent of these guidelines. The Scientific Working Group on Forensic Analysis of Chemical Terrorism'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 Validation Guidelines for Laboratories Performing Forensic Analysis of Chemical Terrorism may be used by laboratories to structure or enhance their validation of procedures used in the forensic analysis of chemical terrorism. Analytical procedure validation is often a complex, iterative process that requires scientific judgment. The goal of these guidelines is to provide the laboratory with information on steps that are commonly used when validating an analytical procedure. This guidance is meant to complement the experience and professional judgment of the laboratory personnel. Chemicals associated with terrorism may present acute hazards not normally encountered during routine operations by laboratory personnel. Appropriate caution and safety should be exercised when dealing with these types of hazardous materials.
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Forensic Science Communications
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