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VALIDATION GUIDELINES FOR LABORATORIES PERFORMING FORENSIC ANALYSIS OF CHEMICAL TERRORISM
Fetterolf, D., M. Alcaraz, D. A. Darby, M. Drummond, M. Harper, C. Hooper, E. Kennedy, M L. Magnuson*, M. Montgomery, E. Nottingham, J. Peterson, C. Quenzer, R. Satzger, J. Seidel, AND K. A. Wolnik. VALIDATION GUIDELINES FOR LABORATORIES PERFORMING FORENSIC ANALYSIS OF CHEMICAL TERRORISM. J. A. DiZinno (ed.), FORENSIC SCIENCE COMMUNICATIONS. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington, DC, 7(2):on-line, (2005).
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The Scientific Working Group on Forensic Analysis of Chemical Terrorism (SWGFACT) has developed the following guidelines for laboratories engaged in the forensic analysis of chemical evidence associated with terrorism. This document provides a baseline framework and guidance for a validation program for forensic analytical procedures. Consideration may be given to alternate approaches of achieving the intent of these guidelines. These guidelines describe validation practices that a laboratory should follow to ensure that its analytical procedures produce data that are fit for the intended purpose. It is the responsibility of the individual laboratory to select the appropriate analytical procedure that will meet the intended data quality objectives. A laboratory, in the context of these guidelines, is defined as a facility, in which analysis associated with chemical terrorism is performed. It is assumed that the laboratory is operating under the quality assurance system described in the Quality Assurance Guidelines for Laboratories Performing Forensic Analysis of Chemical Terrorism.