The Republican Center for Forensic Science named after Kh. Sulaimanova receives accreditation for compliance with the international standard ISO / IEC 17025
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) – On 23 September 2020, the Republican Forensic Science Center named after Kh. Sulaimanova (RCSE) under the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Uzbekistan officially received an accreditation certificate for compliance with ISO / IEC 17025 requirements for testing and calibration laboratories.
The ceremony was attended by the Deputy Minister of Justice, Mr. Khudoyor Meliev, and the UNODC Regional Representative for Central Asia, Ms. Ashita Mittal. Ms Deborah Robinson, Acting US Deputy Chief of Mission in Uzbekistan joined the event via video conferencing.
“The technical competence of the drug testing and forensic biological DNA laboratories of the Republican Forensic Center is now recognized by an external independent accreditation body as fully compliant with the international standard ISO / IEC 17025. The ISO / IEC 17025 accreditation certificate shows your customers that your laboratory values quality and that you have taken steps to ensure that your examinations are accurate and reliable,” said Ms Mittal.
The laboratory of forensic research of materials, substances and products and the laboratory for the study of human DNA at the Republican Center for Forensic Examination have successfully passed an independent examination and were found to meet the relevant requirements of the international standard ISO / IEC 17025 "General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories." The accreditation certificate was issued in June of this year by the National Accreditation Center of Kazakhstan, which is a full member of the International Cooperation on Laboratory Accreditation (ILAC) and a signer of the ILAC Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA), as well as the Asia-Pacific Cooperation on Laboratory Accreditation (APLAC) and a signer of the Accreditation Agreement testing and calibration laboratories APLAC MRA (ISO / IEC 17025).
“I believe that this achievement is in line with the fundamental reforms carried out in Uzbekistan under the leadership of President Mirziyoyev in all spheres of life and will contribute to the development of the field of forensic expertise. We sincerely appreciate the help of our partners, and I am sure that our organizations will continue to develop dynamic and mutually beneficial relations,” said Deputy Minister of Justice Mr. Khudoyor Meliev.
The successful accreditation was the result of a three-year collaboration between the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and RCSC under subprogramme 4, Research and Trends Analysis, of the UNODC Program for Central Asia 2015-2020. UNODC supports laboratories in the implementation and operation of a Quality Management System (QMS) through initiatives such as the provision of reference samples of controlled substances, guidelines for laboratories on recommended analytical methods, training opportunities and participation in the International Collaborative Events (ICE) program. and encouraging and facilitating the exchange of information, materials and data.
The donor for the laboratory support component is the US Department of State’s Bureau of Drug Control and Enforcement (INL Bureau).
“This program represents the cutting edge of US-Uzbekistan bilateral relations, in particular our ability to work together towards a common goal. Obtaining international accreditation by three state forensic laboratories is a significant achievement for Uzbekistan, which will help strengthen the criminal justice system and the rule of law,” said Deborah Robinson, acting Deputy Head of Mission, US Embassy in Tashkent.