Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory Receives International Accreditation

The Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory is being recognized for receiving international accreditation in the Field of Forensic Science Testing by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board.  

The ASCLD/LAB International Accreditation is granted only after a thorough evaluation of the laboratory's management system and technical procedures and practices.   ASCLD/LAB determined the Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory met or exceeded the requirements for accreditation as set forth in ISO/IEC 17025:2005. 

“We are incredibly proud to receive the ASCLD/LAB International Accreditation,” said Kenneth M. Betz, Director of the Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory.  “Our dedicated staff works tirelessly to provide outstanding criminal investigation service and assistance to law enforcement agencies.”

In 1969, the Laboratory was established to provide scientific expertise to 20 law enforcement agencies. Since that time, the number of law enforcement agencies utilizing the Crime Laboratory's services has greatly increased. Approximately 110 member agencies contract with the Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory for laboratory services.  The Laboratory consists of many scientific areas including chemistry, toxicology, computer crime, fingerprints, firearms and tool marks, serology/DNA and trace evidence.  In 1993, the MVRCL became the first forensic laboratory in the State to receive accreditation by ASCLD-LAB. 

The ASCLD/LAB International Accreditation is for a period of five years.  The MVRCL was found to be competent and accredited in the Forensic Science Testing category for several disciplines including drug chemistry, toxicology, biology, trace evidence, firearms/toolmarks and latent prints.

ASCLD/LAB offers voluntary accreditation to public and private crime laboratories in the United States and around the world. Accreditation is offered in the forensic disciplines for which services are generally provided by forensic laboratories.

To learn more about the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab, visit: http://www.mcohio.org/government/mvrcl/.

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