ISO/IEC

Six of the Houston Forensic Science Center’s seven sections are accredited to international standards. The sections that have met the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 requirements for forensic testing laboratories include Controlled Substances, Digital and Multimedia Evidence, Firearms, Forensic Biology, Latent Prints and Toxicology. ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) awarded the accreditation. ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board is jointly owned by the nonprofit American National Standards Institute and the American Society for Quality. ANAB has been accrediting forensic laboratories at the ISO/IEC 17025 level longer than any other U.S. organization.

ISO 17025 is the global standard for testing and calibration laboratories. Laboratories with this accreditation are recognized for specific competencies. The labs must adhere to standards for continual management and quality improvement, are required to submit an annual audit to the accrediting body and are subject to unannounced inspections.

HFSC also maintains accreditation with the Texas Forensic Science Commission. Please see the letter.

IAPE

HFSC's Client Services & Case Management (CS/CM) Division is accredited by the International Association of Property and Evidence (IAPE).

IAPE is a nonprofit organization created by law enforcement professionals to help establish recommended standards for all property and evidence departments. IAPE provides education and training pertaining to all aspects of the handling, storage, maintenance and disposal of property and evidence.

The IAPE accreditation program reviewed CS/CM's evidence handling procedures and processes. IAPE found that HFSC’s CS/CM division was in compliance with and met industry standards and best practices for documentation, procedures and actions. CS/CM is required to maintain the accreditation standards and provide annual documentation of compliance with IAPE standards to maintain its three-year accreditation. Every three years, IAPE does an on-site assessment to reissue the accreditation.