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Current status of accreditation for drug testing in hair
Forensic Medicine and Science, University of Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom.
Saarland University Hospital, Homburg/SAAR, Germany.
Linköping University, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Forensic Genetics. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
2008 (English)In: Forensic Science International, ISSN 0379-0738, E-ISSN 1872-6283, Vol. 176, no 1, 9-12 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

At the annual meeting of the Society of Hair Testing in Vadstena, Sweden in 2006, a committee was appointed to address the issue of guidelines for hair testing and to assess the current status of accreditation amongst laboratories offering drug testing in hair.

A short questionnaire was circulated amongst the membership and interested parties. Fifty-two responses were received from hair testing laboratories providing details on the amount and type of hair tests they offered and the status of accreditation within their facilities.

Although the vast majority of laboratories follow current guidelines (83%), only nine laboratories were accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 for hair testing. A significant number of laboratories reporting that they were in the process of developing quality systems with a view to accrediting their methods within 2–3 years. This study provides an insight into the status of accreditation in hair testing laboratories and supports the need for guidelines to encourage best practice.

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2008. Vol. 176, no 1, 9-12 p.
Keyword [en]
Hair testing, ISO/IEC 17025, Laboratory accreditation
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-46644DOI: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2007.07.019OAI: diva2:267540
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2012-09-03Bibliographically approved

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