Forensic DNA Lab

A process by which a procedure is evaluated to determine its efficacy and reliability for forensic casework analysis and includes the following:

  • Developmental validation is the acquisition of test data and determination of conditions and limitations of a new or novel DNA methodology for use on forensic samples.
  • Internal validation is an accumulation of test data within the laboratory to demonstrate that established methods and procedures perform as expected in the laboratory.

(QA Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories)