Аccreditation of the Forensics Laboratory within the Ministry of Interior

Institute for Accreditation of the Republic of Macedonia has accredited the first laboratory in the field of forensic science: the ,,Forensic Department” within the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Macedonia, more precisely Laboratory for biological examination and DNA identification, Laboratory for toxicology and drugs and Laboratory for examination of questioned documents.
Ceremony of granting of the accreditation certificate, was held on 26/07/2016 at the ministry, attended by the Minister of Interior Mitko Cavkov, M.Sc., the Director of the Bureau for Public Security Goranco Savovski, M.Sc., the Chief of Forensic Department Slobodan Oklevski, Ph.D, and the Director of the Institute for accreditation of the Republic of Macedonia Trpe Ristoski, Ph.D.
The Interior Minister Mitko Cavkov noted that accreditation certificate confirms the competency of personnel performance tests methods and their forensic evidence expertise thus increasing confidence in the laboratory results that now become internationally recognized. The accreditation will also ensure continuity of the membership amongst forensic laboratories in the most renowned European association in the field of forensic science, a European network of forensic science institutes - ENFSI.
The Director of the Institute for Accreditation of the Republic of Macedonia Trpe Ristoski noted that accreditation of the Forensic Department is a particular challenge for the Institute, taking into account the specificity of the tests/investigations carried out in the Forensic Department. With this accreditation, laboratories become recognized in Europe and worldwide in the field of criminal-technical investigations, and the certificate of accreditation is conditional for membership in all international organizations in the field of forensic science. The entire procedure for accreditation was carried out with domestic and foreign assessors.

 

 

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