The St. Louis County Police Department Crime Laboratory has been ASCLD/LAB
accredited since 2005. The DNA unit had previous NFSTC
accreditation from 2004-2005. The laboratory is currently pursuing international accreditation under ISO
17025 and hopes to obtain accreditation by 2015.
In addition to laboratory-wide accreditation standards, the Biology/DNA Unit must comply with the Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories
) set forth by the director of the FBI. The Biology/DNA Unit is audited annually to ensure compliance.
As part of the QAS requirements, each biology and DNA analyst must successfully complete two external proficiency tests each year. Analysts must possess specific educational requirements including a bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or forensic-science related area and college level coursework in genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, and statistics/population genetics. In addition, analysts must attend DNA training annually as part of the continuing education requirement outlined in the QAS.
The QAS also requires that DNA testing laboratories follow rigorous quality control policies to ensure that all analysts are qualified for the testing they perform, that testing procedures are documented, and that results are reliable.