Accreditation

Seven of the Houston Forensic Science Center’s eight sections have been accredited to international standards. The seven sections that have met the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and FBI QAS (Federal Bureau of Investigation Quality Assurance Standards) applicable to forensic testing laboratories are Controlled Substances, Toxicology, Latent Prints, Forensic Biology, Trace, Firearms and Digital Multimedia Evidence. 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.