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Fingerprint Sourcebook - Chapter 12: Quality Assurance

NCJ Number
225332
Author(s)
M. Leanne Gray
Date Published
2010
Length
12 pages
Annotation

This chapter from the Fingerprint Sourcebook provides an overview of general requirements for quality assurance programs in forensic science.

Abstract

Quality assurance programs are used to ensure that all examiners in a scientific discipline meet the standards set by that discipline and by the specific facility where they work. This chapter from the Fingerprint Sourcebook discusses the general requirements of a quality assurance program for use in forensic science. Section 12.2 covers the basic requirements needed in a quality assurance program: quality assurance documents; competency testing; evidence handling and quality audits; preparation, use, and storage of chemicals; processing techniques; policies and procedure manuals for electronic fingerprint systems; examination procedures; verification; conflict resolution; training; proficiency tests; technical case review; administrative review; testimony review; corrective action; laboratory safety procedures; equipment calibration and maintenance; method validation records; and continuing education. Section 12.3 examines additional quality assurance measures that may be added to a quality assurance program that include: quality manager; minimum standards and controls; organization and management requirements; personnel and facility requirements; use of external laboratory services; and agency accreditation and certification. Additional information and references

Date Published: January 1, 2010