American Association for Laboratory Accreditation

Forensics Facilities Licensed in MD

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and the Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ) recognize A2LA as a deemed accreditation body under the State of Maryland in accordance with the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) Title 10, Subtitle 51 Forensic Laboratories. As a deemed accreditation body by the DHMH, forensic laboratories that are regulated under the Maryland Forensic Regulations may obtain accreditation services from A2LA and/or continue using A2LA as an accreditation body. Licensure in the State of Maryland in accordance with COMAR 10.51 is overseen by the OHCQ, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. While gaining accreditation from A2LA is one method for obtaining licensure, laboratories seeking licensure must still apply and be approved by the OHCQ to be licensed in the State of Maryland.

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

Accreditation Requirements

In addition to the general requirements found in ISO/IEC 17025:2005 General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories, A2LA has published additional, specific requirements that reflect the COMAR 10.51 regulation. The A2LA Forensic Examination Advisory Committee (FEAC) has also developed a consensus document which compiles all consensus decisions related to the area of forensic examination. Since this consensus document is considered to be A2LA Policy, laboratories accredited by A2LA for forensic testing are expected to adhere to the decisions contained within it, where applicable.

Click on the "Download Application Documents" button to the right to obtain all documents relevant to A2LA's accreditation program for Forensic testing facilities licensed in Maryland.

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.

Additional Resources

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.