Accreditation and Certification

On November 16, 2010, the Western Maryland Regional Crime lab was awarded accreditation through the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB) under the International Testing requirements set forth in ISO 17025:2005 and ASCLD/LAB International Supplemental Requirements. Laboratory accreditation is a continuing process that involves a number of audits that review and evaluate management practices, personnel qualifications, technical procedures, the quality assurance program and facilities. Forensic laboratory accreditation is voluntary, but is required to receive some federal funding.

ASCLD/LAB Accreditation Certificate

The Maryland Department of Mental Health and Hygiene (DHMH) Forensic Laboratories division is responsible for licensing all forensic laboratories in the state of Maryland.

DHMH License