Progress in the Accreditation of Anthropology Laboratories

Michal L. Pierce, Jason M. Wiersema, Christian M. Crowder

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While crime laboratories are commonly accredited under programs utilizing international standards, options for forensic anthropologists to do the same were limited, until recently. The American National Standards Institute-American Society for Quality (ANSI-ASQ) National Accreditation Board (ANAB) and the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) both offer accreditation programs for forensic anthropology services using either the International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) 17025 or ISO/IEC 17020 standard. The significant efforts made to specifically include forensic anthropology, and also forensic pathology, in these national programs demonstrate the importance for all practitioners in the field of forensic science to develop and maintain quality assurance programs consistent with international standards. Among the requirements for quality assurance is validation of methods, a practice that was previously identified as needing improvement within the forensic anthropology community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-348
Number of pages5
JournalAcademic Forensic Pathology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Accreditation
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Forensic pathology
  • International organization for standardization standards
  • Method validation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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