Thursday, December 24, 2009

SWGDE weighs in on Research Council Reports

From Forensic Magazine:

"Since the February 18, 2009, release of the National Research Council Report, “Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward,” we’ve published coverage and opinions about the report and its recommendations in the magazine and weekly e-newsletter. The 13 recommendations outlined a path, but it seems the work of clearing the brush has only begun. We will continue to follow this topic and, hopefully, the actions that will take place over the next months and years.

Recently, the Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE) posted a position paper on the report that states the “report is a call to action for SWGDE to strengthen the digital evidence discipline.”

While SWGDE endorses many of the recommendations, some endorsements are with reservations and qualifications. The SWGDE response to Recommendation 7: Mandatory accreditation and certification supports accreditation for digital evidence laboratories but notes that “mandatory accreditation using the current process is not feasible for all laboratories…” In lieu of a mandatory accreditation, they recommend “that all digital evidence laboratories have a written quality management system in place to provide confidence and assurance in the quality of that laboratory’s work.”

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