The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office Forensic Toxicology Laboratory has been granted a Certificate of Laboratory Accreditation in Forensic Toxicology by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT).
“Our Forensic Toxicology Laboratory maintains the highest of standards and it is rewarding to be recognized for that through accreditation,” said Montgomery County Coroner, Dr. Kent Harshbarger. “I am extremely proud to lead such a dedicated team.”
The ABFT’s objectives are to establish, enhance, and maintain standards of qualification for those laboratories that practice Postmortem Forensic Toxicology or Human Performance Toxicology and to accredit, as qualified laboratories, those applicants who comply with the requirements of the ABFT. The ABFT aims to establish a practical and equitable system of readily identifying laboratories that have demonstrated the requisite qualifications and competence in forensic toxicology.
Laboratory Accreditation is based upon compliance with professional standards as assessed by peer review, including an onsite inspection and successful achievement in proficiency testing programs as required by the ABFT.
The accreditation is for the period November 1, 2015 to October 31, 2017.