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TITLE 37PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONS
PART 15TEXAS FORENSIC SCIENCE COMMISSION
CHAPTER 651DNA, CODIS, FORENSIC ANALYSIS, AND CRIME LABORATORIES
SUBCHAPTER AACCREDITATION
RULE §651.3Recognition Process

The Commission shall recognize an accrediting body under this section if the Commission determines that the accrediting body:

  (1) issues an accreditation that is accepted throughout the relevant scientific community and appropriate or available to a crime laboratory or other entity that conduct forensic analyses of physical evidence for use in criminal proceedings;

  (2) has established adequate accreditation criteria reasonably likely to ensure trustworthy forensic analysis;

  (3) requires a periodic competency audit or review of the personnel, facilities, and procedures employed by a crime laboratory or other entity to conduct a forensic analysis; and

  (4) withholds, grants, or withdraws its accreditation of a crime laboratory or other entity based on its own determination of a reasonable likelihood of meaningful corrective action for each deficiency noted during the periodic audit or review.


Source Note: The provisions of this §651.3 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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