California Crime Laboratory Review Task Force calls for mandatory certification of analysts

November 2009  The California Crime Laboratory Review Task Force released a far reaching report entitled An Examination of Forensic Science in California.  Here's what they had to say about personal certification of forensic scientists:

"Professional certification is a designation earned by a person to assure that he or she has the minimum qualifications necessary to perform a job or task. Currently, the certification of forensic scientists is available to qualified forensic practitioners but is not required by California or federal law.  All persons who practice in a forensic science discipline or testify as a forensic science analyst/examiner should become certified by a reputable certifying body."

Following the lead of the February 2009 report from the National Academy Sciences, this new report echos the call for mandatory certification of analysts and points to the ABC as the source for certification in the instrumental disciplines such as Drug Identification and DNA.