Janet M. Girten Deputy Laboratory Director Forensic Science Center at Chicago October 31, 2006 Forensic Science And Quality Assurance Agenda Personal Background Overview of the Illinois State Police Quality Assurance What is it? Why do we need it? Scientist level Laboratory level
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Deputy Laboratory Director
Forensic Science Center at Chicago
October 31, 2006
THIRD LARGEST FORENSIC SYSTEM
IN THE WORLD
HEARTS AND MIND OF
Defense attorneys would question the police officers on their:
Defense Attorneys now question forensic scientists on their:
Hiring Process & Ongoing
Random drug checks
Repeated criminal history checks
Annual performance reviewsForensic Scientist
Are we meeting all of the criteria?
Are we doing what we say?
Do we say what we are doing?ASCLD/LAB
Prior to inspection, reviews all policies and procedures
During inspection, inspectors review case files, interview staff, go through administrative filesASCLD/LAB
Any lab including Forensic labs
General Req for Accrediting Bodies
Guidelines for Quality systems auditing
In order to participate in CODIS all laboratories must be audited against this audit document.
200 standards all must be 100% met