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Law 101: Legal Guide for the Forensic Expert

Consulting Accredited Standards for Case File Requirements

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Policies regarding whether or when to generate a lab report may vary by laboratory. Laboratories accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB) or those adhering to recommendations issued by the American Bar Association (ABA), the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standards will generate a report whenever lab work is performed (even if inconclusive results are obtained). This allows labs to provide a record of the attempt to obtain testing results made by the laboratory.

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