ISO/IEC 17020 Accreditation for Forensic Inspection Agencies

ANAB accredited the first law enforcement agencies in the Americas and in the United States to ISO/IEC 17020, the international standard for accreditation of various types of bodies that perform inspection.

ANAB accreditation to ISO/IEC 17020 is based on an assessment of the agency against the requirements in the standard. The assessment covers the agency's procedures, technical qualifications, and competence for conducting specific testing activities within the scope of the standard. 

ANAB launched its ISO/IEC 17020 program for police forensic units in 2011. Previously, accrediting bodies in the United States accredited crime scene units to ISO/IEC 17025, the international standard for analytical testing laboratories. ISO/IEC 17020 is more appropriate for the forensic work performed by crime scene investigation units. 

ANAB offers flexible scoping and accreditation cycles covering two to five years, depending on the maturity of the management system. Accreditation is based on assessment of technical qualifications and competence for conducting specific activities within the scope of ISO/IEC 17020 and any relevant field-specific standards.

A certificate of accreditation is issued only when any nonconformities are resolved, assuring customers that you're truly in compliance.

An accreditation cycle includes the initial on-site assessment for accreditation and follow-up surveillance assessments until the end of the cycle, when a re-accreditation starts a new cycle. Accreditation cycles cover two to five years, allowing the lab to determine what's best for its operations. 

After the initial accreditation process is completed, you'll receive your accreditation certificate within a few days. With other accreditors, you may wait six to twelve months but with ANAB there is no extended waiting period. 

ANAB can provide a pre-assessment audit before the initial assessment to help you ensure you're ready for accreditation. 

ANAB is dedicated to providing quality accreditation to the forensic community. We provide professionalism and excellent customer service!

ANAB Forensic Guidance Documents 

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 Accreditation Process 

Accreditation Process

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