GUWAHATI, Aug 22 � The Directorate of Forensic Science, Assam, has moved the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratory (NABL) seeking the latter�s accreditation.
The accreditation would mean that the laboratory would have to follow a standard operating procedure accepted across the globe by way of quality control and quality assurance.
The NABL maintains link with international bodies, like the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation and the Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation.
The State Government is also to appoint a consultant to work at the behest of the laboratory to get the NABL accreditation.
Sources informed that some of the officers of the laboratory have already been trained on this although the actual work is yet to start.
Director of Forensic Science Laboratory Dr Rajendra Nath Khaund, when contacted, told this reporter that the accreditation would ensure quality assurance in accordance with international criteria, thereby putting an end to any kind of dispute in results. He also said that the government has assured that a consultant would soon be appointed specifically to take the matter forward on behalf of the laboratory.
�As it is a lengthy process, it may take some time for the paper work to be completed,� Khaund pointed out.
NABL is an autonomous body under the aegis of Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
NABL accreditation is currently given in tests or examination in the biological, chemical, photometry, radiological, clinical biochemistry and clinical pathology, besides a number of other fields.