Accreditation and Quality Assurance

, Volume 4, Issue 6, pp 253–255

Quality assurance in forensic science

  • S. Levy
  • Pinchas Bergman
  • Arie Frank
DISCUSSION FORUM

DOI: 10.1007/s007690050361

Cite this article as:
Levy, S., Bergman, P. & Frank, A. Accred Qual Assur (1999) 4: 253. doi:10.1007/s007690050361

Abstract

 Forensic examination results play an increasingly important role in bringing many criminal investigations to a successful conclusion. The quality of the results of examinations performed in forensic science laboratories has always been the concern of the individual forensic scientist. The interpretations and results are presented in court to non-experts. Therefore, it is essential to ensure and maintain the highest standards of achievements and accuracy in forensic science. Many factors are important contributors to quality assurance in forensic science. Some unique subjects affect not only the mode of inquiry but also the way in which information is presented to the court, i.e. exhibits collection and sample handling, investigation, examination techniques, report writing and court testimony.

Key words Quality assurance Quality control Forensic science Court testimony Expert witness 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Levy
    • 1
  • Pinchas Bergman
    • 1
  • Arie Frank
    • 1
  1. 1.Quality Assurance Unit, Division of Criminal Identification and Forensic Science, Israel Police Headquarters, 91906 Jerusalem, Israel Tel.: +972-2-5309350 Fax: +972-2-5309360IL

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