Role of accreditation in this sector
In the presentation of evidence in court or in criminal investigations, exact test results and competently prepared reports and expert opinions always play a decisive role. Accredited bodies therefore have a special importance in the areas of forensic medicine and genetics or forensic science.
In forensics, for example, the German Genetic Diagnostics Act stipulates that parental testing in Germany may only be provided by accredited laboratories in order to ensure that the tests are carried out and evaluated competently. For the same reasons, WADA relies exclusively, in its fight for “clean” sport, on anti-doping laboratories that have successfully undergone an accreditation procedure.
Forensic science institutes also rely on accreditation. From fingerprints to saliva samples or analysis of gunshot residues to textile fibre testing – in the area of crime investigation, some 200 procedures in the areas of testing and inspection are accredited to demonstrate their competence and methods of quality assurance.
Our technical units in the Forensics, Internal Security and Defence sector
Information Technology and Cybersecurity
This technical unit accredits conformity assessment bodies in the areas of information technology and cybersecurity in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025, DIN EN ISO/IEC 17065, DIN EN ISO/IEC 17021-1 and DIN EN ISO/IEC 17020.
This technical unit handles accreditations in the areas of forensics, forensic science and anti-doping laboratories. Testing laboratories are accredited in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 and inspection bodies in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17020.
Internal Security | Defence | Explosives
This technical unit handles cases of accreditation in the areas of internal security, defence and explosives. This includes the accreditation of testing laboratories in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025, certification bodies for products, processes and services in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17065 and inspection bodies in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17020.
Application examples of accredited services in this field of activity
- Preparation of paternity tests
- Driving aptitude tests
- Conformity assessment of forensic procedures: 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