Medicine, health and forensics Information about this sector

Role of accreditation in this sector

This field of activity includes numerous services intended to improve safety and quality in medicine, health and forensics. In these often sensitive areas, accreditation serves as an important instrument to enable competent examination, analysis or certification services and to strengthen quality assurance measures. The goal: to promote good health, minimise risks and create processes that are as effective as they are efficient.

The range of conformity assessments covered by this field of activity is broad. Many medical decisions are based for example on the test results of medical laboratories. Accreditation in this area is a tried and tested procedure for designing medical laboratory diagnostics competently and enabling reliable compliance with applicable quality requirements.

The certification of both management systems and personnel in the area of health protection and health care are assigned to this field of activity, as are conformity assessments relating to hygiene, medicinal products, medical devices and aids. Pathological or veterinary medical examinations are also included.

It is not only stakeholders in the health care system who rely on accreditation, but also forensic science institutes. 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.

And in forensics? Under the German Genetic Diagnostics Act, parental testing in Germany, for example, 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.

Our departments in the medicine, health and forensics sector

Medical Laboratory Diagnostics

The Medical Laboratory Diagnostics department is subdivided into the technical fields of clinical chemistry, immunology, human genetics (molecular human genetics, cytogenetics), microbiology, virology, transfusion medicine, point-of-care testing (POCT) and reproductive medicine.

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Head of Department
Dr. Uwe Hildebrandt

Health Care

The Health Care department is subdivided into the subject fields of occupational and environmental medicine, nucleic acid analysis, hygiene and medical laboratory testing within the framework of clinical studies.

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Head of Department
Dipl.-Biologist Andrea Gabler

Medical Devices

The Medical Devices department is subdivided into the subject fields of in-vitro diagnostics and medical devices.

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Head of Department
Dr. Birgit Gisela Löffler

Pathology / Neuropathology

The Pathology department comprises three technical fields: pathology, neuropathology and dermatohistology.

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Head of Department
Dr.-medic Simona Curelea

Veterinary Medicine / Pharmaceuticals / Pharmacies

This department is subdivided into the subject fields of veterinary medicine and medicinal products. Accreditations in this department are carried out on the basis of DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025. They currently cover only areas in which accreditations are applied for voluntarily.

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Head of Department
Dipl.-Biol. Annette Weltin

Forensic Medicine / Toxicology / Biology

The Forensic Medicine / Toxicology / Biology department is subdivided into the technical fields of forensic genetics (parental testing, DNA traces, comparative samples), forensic medicine, forensic toxicology, including fitness to drive diagnostics and forensic alcoholology.

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Head of Department
Dipl.-Biologist Uta Malburg

Forensic Science

The Forensic Science department covers a wide range of analytical methods, which are becoming increasingly important in the context of criminal investigations and the presentation of evidence in court using forensic test results and expert opinions.

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Head of Department
Dr. rer. nat. Winfried Link

Anti-Doping Laboratories

This department provides the basis for the accreditation of testing laboratories that test various types of human and animal samples and food supplements for the presence of substances that can be misused for doping purposes.

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Head of Department
Dr. rer. nat. Christian Lehmann

Prequalification (Remedies/Aids)

This department is divided into the subject fields “Remedies and aids” (prequalification in accordance with Section 126 SGB V), “PQ-VOB” (prequalification in the construction sector) and “Security services”.

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Head of Department
Ass. iur. Carsten Klein

Occupational Safety

This department is divided into the subject fields “Occupational safety / health protection” and “Health care”.

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Head of Department
Dipl.-Geologe Oswald Ogrin

Biobanks

This department is divided into the subject fields “Human biobanks” and non-human biobanks such as “Veterinary biobanks”, “Biobanks for plants” and “Biobanks for microorganisms”.

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Head of Department
Dr. Nina Rählert

Application examples of accredited services in this field of activity

  • Conduct of medical diagnostic examinations
  • Testing from the medical environment outside patient diagnostics
  • Testing of in vitro diagnostic medical devices
  • Examinations in the area of animal health
  • Testing of medicinal products and for manufacturers of medicinal products
  • Accredited services in the area of criminal cases
  • Driving aptitude tests
  • Preparation of paternity tests
  • Conformity assessment with regard to 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.
  • Proficiency testing of providers of medical aids, such as medical supply shops or audiologists, in accordance with Section 126 SGB V (Fifth Book of the Social Code).
  • Certification of management systems in accordance with ISO 45001, BS OHSAS 18001, SCC/SCP and MAAS-BGW
  • Certification of personnel in the area of safety, health and environmental protection (SHE)

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