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Lagos DNA Forensic Centre Receives International Accreditation


The
Lagos State DNA & Forensic Centre (LSD&FC) has received the
ISO/IEC17025:2017 accreditation of the American Association for Laboratory
Accreditation (A2LA) for forensic DNA testing.

The
accreditation resulted from a rigorous and successful completion of the A2LA’s
physical inspection of the laboratory, audit of standard operating procedures
and evaluation of LSD&FC’s quality management system in line with “Forensic
Examination Accreditation Program testing standards and requirements”.

A
statement signed by Lagos Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, SAN, said: “This accreditation is international recognition and
testament of the state-of-the-art technologies available at LSD&FC and the
competence and quality of work performed by the forensic scientists.”

According
to him, “with this accreditation, LSD&FC has joined the very few
laboratories in the world accredited under the latest 2017 (ISO/IEC 17025)
standards in the area of forensic DNA analysis and serology. Accredited organisations
all around the world understand the value of providing high-quality services
that are backed by defensible data”.

Kazeem
explained further that LSD&FC’s scope of accreditation covers the
performance of several tests including Human Blood Identification, Seminal
Fluid Identification, Spermatozoa Identification, Forensic DNA Casework
Analyses using Gene Mapper ID-X and Nuclear DNA Database Analyses using
SmallPond Database DNA Profiling & Matching System.

The
Lagos DNA & Forensic Centre, according to the statement, has been working
closely with the Police, the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team,
Ministry of Health and non-government organisations to enhance public safety in
Lagos State.

The
release said the Centre has played major roles in crime scene processing and
rapid resolution of several cases, including Suspicious Death Investigations,
Human Remains Identification, Child Trafficking, Rape, Impersonation, burglary
and Paternity/Maternity disputes.

“Recently,
LSD&FC successfully identified all the victims from the Otedola bridge
disaster. The toxicology and drug chemistry sections of the Centre upon
commencing operation will perform scientific tests on body fluids, autopsy
tissues and substances recovered from crime scenes with the aim of identifying
drugs or chemicals that may be present at toxic or lethal levels in the body of
victims”, the statement added.

The
State Attorney General enjoined all Lagosians to take full advantage of this
latest development in justice delivery and public safety by leveraging
LSD&FC’s capabilities and continually partnering with the government to
maintain security, law and order in the State.

Recall
that LSD&FC was commissioned on the 27th of September 2017 by the Lagos
State government to aid the investigation of crimes by applying scientific
methods for prosecution, defence, law enforcement, national security and
disaster management.

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