American Association for Laboratory Accreditation

FBI QAS Accreditation Program

On January 13, 2014, the National DNA Index System (NDIS) Procedures Board approved the designation of A2LA as an accrediting agency under the United States Federal DNA Identification Act (42 U.S.C. 14132). As a designated agency, A2LA, through its Forensic Accreditation Program, is recognized to accredit laboratories performing DNA analyses on DNA samples obtained from identified subject(s) for the purposes of entering the resulting DNA profile or DNA record into a DNA database, as well as laboratories performing DNA analyses on known or casework reference samples considered evidence by that laboratory.

This specialty program is covered under A2LA's Forensic Examination Field of Testing.

Accreditation Requirements

Forensic testing laboratories are assessed against the general criteria found in ISO/IEC 17025:2005 General Requirements for the Accreditation of Testing and Calibration Laboratories as well as the FBI Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing and Databasing Laboratories. In addition, specific program requirements have been developed for all Forensic testing laboratories, which include criteria adopted from national and international sources, and the A2LA Forensic Examination Advisory Committee (FEAC) has developed a consensus document which compiles all consensus decisions related to the Forensic Examination field. Since this consensus document is considered an A2LA Policy, laboratories accredited by A2LA in the Forensic Examination field are expected to adhere to the decisions contained within it.

Click on the "Download Application Documents" button to the right to obtain all documents relevant to the Forensic testing field.

Optional Requirements

Any laboratory performing tests in the field (i.e., at other than a permanent laboratory site) may seek accreditation for this field work. In these cases, A2LA has developed additional requirements for laboratories performing tests in the field. These requirements and the associated checklist may be found through the "Download Application Documents" button to the right for any laboratory interested in adding these capabilities to their scope of accreditation.

Advisory Committee

A2LA has developed a Forensic Examination Advisory Committee (FEAC) to assist the Association by providing technical input on policy creation and decisions related to the area of forensic examination. If you wish to participate on the FEAC, we invite you to contact Karin Athanas, A2LA Program Manager, at kathanas@A2LA.org.