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QUALITY ASSURANCE GUIDELINES FOR LABORATORIES PERFORMING FORENSIC ANALYSIS OF CHEMICAL TERRORISM
LeBleau, M. A., A. Einseln, D. Fetterolf, 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. QUALITY ASSURANCE GUIDELINES FOR LABORATORIES PERFORMING FORENSIC ANALYSIS OF CHEMICAL TERRORISM. J.M. Homeyer (ed.), FORENSIC SCIENCE COMMUNICATIONS. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington, DC, 6(2):., (2004).
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The Scientific Working Group on Forensic Analysis of Chemical Terrorism (SWGFACT) has developed the following quality assurance guidelines to provide laboratories engaged in forensic analysis of chemical evidence associated with terrorism a framework to implement a quality assurance program. This document provides guidance to laboratories that carry out forensic analysis to support the judicial system. Consideration may be given to alternate methods of achieving the intent of these quality assurance practices as outlined in these guidelines. A quality program is always evolving, and likewise, this document should be considered a living document. These guidelines describe quality assurance activities that a laboratory should follow to ensure the quality and integrity of the data and competency of the laboratory. A laboratory, in the context of these guidelines, is defined as a facility in which analysis associated with chemical terrorism is performed. These guidelines do not preclude a laboratory, by itself or in collaboration with others, from participating in research and development.