The forensic science department is subdivided into the following technical fields: general biology, coating materials, bloodstain patterns, soil science, fire investigations, dactyloscopy, electronics, electrical systems and installations (including portable), explosives and igniters, vehicle investigations, forensic alcoholology, forensic chemistry, forensic genetics, forensic linguistics, forensic phonetics, forensic toxicology, physical evidence, photo documentation/image editing, glass examinations, handwriting, information and communication technology (ICT), photographic comparison, machine writing, material examinations, gunshot residue examinations, crime scene work, textile science, certificates, weapons, ammunition and ballistics.
Accreditations and conformity assessment bodies
Accreditations in this subject area are carried out on the basis of DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 and DIN EN ISO/IEC 17020 and cover both areas in which accreditations are applied for voluntarily and the areas of forensic genetics and dactyloscopy, for which accreditation is obligatory in line with the decision of the German Minister of the Interior.
Benefits of accreditation
Because forensic test results and expert opinions are becoming increasingly important in the context of criminal investigations and the presentation of evidence in court, the competent performance of tests and inspections in this area is itself becoming more and more important. Similarly, the importance of comparable quality of test results in this area is growing as the international networking of databases increases.