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RULE §651.8Full Commission Accreditation

(a) Issuance and renewal. The Commission may issue or renew accreditation under this section.

(b) Application. An applicant for full Commission accreditation shall complete and submit to the Commission a current Laboratory Accreditation Form and attach copies of the following:

  (1) an accreditation certificate and letter of notification of accreditation from a recognized accrediting body; and

  (2) each document provided by the recognized accrediting body that identifies the discipline or category of analysis for which the laboratory has received accreditation and any limitation or restriction regarding that accreditation.

(c) Additional information. The Commission may require additional information to properly evaluate the application either as part of the original application or as supplemental information.

(d) Reports to the Commission.

  (1) If accredited by ANAB, a laboratory shall provide the Commission with a copy of each Annual Accreditation Review Report. If accredited by another recognized accrediting body, a laboratory shall provide the Commission with a copy of each equivalent annual accreditation assessment document. The copy shall be submitted to the Commission at the same time that it is due to the recognized accrediting body.

  (2) A laboratory shall provide the Commission with a copy of correspondence and each report or communication between the laboratory and the recognized accrediting body. The laboratory shall submit the copy to the Commission no later than 30 days after the date the laboratory receives or transmits the correspondence, report, or communication.

  (3) A laboratory that discontinues a specific forensic discipline or category of analysis:

    (A) if known beforehand, should submit written notification to the Commission at least 30 days before the effective date of the discontinuation; or

    (B) if unknown beforehand, shall submit written notification to the Commission at least 5 business days after the effective date of the discontinuation.

(e) Federal forensic laboratories. A federal forensic laboratory is deemed to be accredited by the Commission without application provided that the laboratory is accredited by a recognized accrediting body as provided under §651.4 of this subchapter (relating to List of Recognized Accrediting Bodies). A laboratory deemed accredited is not subject to the reporting requirements of this subchapter or the processes provided under Subchapter B of this chapter (relating to Complaints, Special Review, and Administrative Action).

Source Note: The provisions of this §651.8 adopted to be effective June 1, 2010, 35 TexReg 4438; transferred effective September 1, 2015, as published in the Texas Register July 31, 2015, 40 TexReg 4907; amended to be effective December 24, 2015, 40 TexReg 9305; amended to be effective October 8, 2017, 42 TexReg 5489

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