Another important aspect of ISO 17025 for the criminal practitioner is the idea of subcontracting. Believe it or not, there is a lot of subcontracting going on in most forensic science labs. Subcontracting is allowed per ISO 17025 and specifically Section 4.5. There is a major distinction that is drawn by ISO 17025 and the accrediting agencies between their version of subcontracting and perhaps our idea of subcontracting.
Attorney McShane discusses the issue of subcontracting as per ISO 17025 in his blog post:Who is the analyst is answered by ISO 17025.
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