All of the Houston Forensic Science Center’s seven disciplines, including the Crime Scene Unit, are accredited to international standards. The sections that have met the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 requirements for forensic testing laboratories include the Crime Scene Unit, Controlled Substances, Digital and Multimedia Evidence, Firearms, Forensic Biology, Latent Prints and Toxicology. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) National Accreditation Board (ANAB) awarded the accreditation. ANAB has been accrediting forensic laboratories to 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.