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Guidance for Standards for Relationship Testing Laboratories, 14th ed – Print
The 14th edition of Standards for Relationship Testing Laboratories features new and revised requirements in areas such as employee qualification, facility monitoring of potentially fabricated documents, and the identification of non-chain of custody cases.
Significant changes in the 14th edition include:
- New standard 1.2.4 allows for a Technical Leader (defined in the Glossary) to serve a laboratory director if they serve in this role at a forensic laboratory accredited to the current FBI quality assurance standards for DNA testing.
- New standard 2.2 provides a limit of 10 laboratories (with no more than 5 being testing laboratories) a laboratory can oversee in an effort to aid in the workload placed upon one individual.
- New standards 6.4.4 and 6.4.5 have been included to the 14th edition to remain in concert with the Relationship Testing Code of Conduct as it pertains to the use of “AABB” or “AABB.org” on the internet as it pertains to domain names, email addresses or search engine advertisements.
- New standard 10.5 concerning operational continuity ensures that accredited laboratories have policies, processes and procedures in place to address continuity in the event that operations are put at risk.
Guidance for Standards for Relationship Testing Laboratories includes verbatim requirements from the RT Standards interspersed with guidance. Language from the RT Standards is presented; when there is appropriate guidance for that standard, the guidance language follows the standard with the heading “Guidance.” This format allows the reader to see both the requirement and the associated guidance side by side.
Please note that there is no guidance for some standards. The Relationship Testing Standards Committee has chosen to focus Guidance for Standards for Relationship Testing Laboratories on those issues that may require additional context and/or examples to assist in attaining compliance with the Standards.
(2019, AABB, softcover, 79 pages, and 2019, AABB, softcover)
Effective date: Effective date: January 1, 2020
MOSS category(ies): Standards and Quality > Standards
Nonmember price: $300
Member price: $245
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