The FBI takes an active role
in assuring the quality of the results in the database. For example,
the DNA Identification Act of 1994 established a DNA Advisory Board
(DAB) to develop and revise the recommended standards for quality assurance.
The DAB fulfilled its mission by recommending two quality assurance
documents to the Director of the FBI, resulting in the issuance of the
Standards for Forensic
DNA Testing Labs and Standards
for Convicted Offender labs.
for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories
Throughout its deliberation
concerning these quality standards, the DNA Advisory Board recognized
the need for a mechanism to ensure compliance with the standards.
An underlying premise for these discussions was that accreditation
would be required to demonstrate compliance with the standards and
therefore assure quality control and a quality program. Accordingly,
the Board recommends that forensic laboratories performing DNA analysis
seek such accreditation with all deliberate speed. Additionally, the
Board strongly encourages the accrediting bodies to begin positioning
themselves to accommodate the increasing demand for accreditation.
Mechanism to Recommend Changes to Standards
Once the Director of the
FBI has issued standards for quality assurance for forensic DNA testing,
the DNA Advisory Board may recommend revisions to such standards to
the FBI Director, as necessary. In the event that the duration of
the DNA Advisory Board is extended beyond March 10, 2000 by the FBI
Director, the Board may continue to recommend revisions to such standards
to the FBI Director. In the event that the DNA Advisory Board is not
extended by the FBI Director after March 10, 2000, the Technical Working
Group on DNA Analysis Methods [TWGDAM] may recommend revisions to
such standards to the FBI Director, as necessary.
shall take effect October 1, 1998.