One of the major benefits to the criminal practitioner to the implementation of ISO 17025 is the adoption of universal nomenclature. This helps defense attorneys demonstrably with respect to discovery. For example, I am sure in the past that when you have requested certain documents that we know must exist there is a tremendous amount of “hide the ball” wherein a request for a specified item is made, but because we did not use the particular sui generis language of that particular crime laboratory on that particular day, the crime laboratory feigns ignorance and reports that there is no such document.
In his blog post, Attorney McShane explains:ISO 17025 definitions: Policies, Procedures, Instructions, Documents and Records.
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