This combination provides two ways to access the 13th edition of Standards for Relationship Testing Laboratories: print and digital. The 13th edition of Standards for Relationship Testing Laboratories, effective January 1, 2018, features new and revised requirements in areas such as employee qualification, facility monitoring of potentially fabricated documents, and the identification of non-chain of custody cases.
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Significant changes in the 13th edition include:
- A new standard, 126.96.36.199, requires that all laboratories have policies, processes, and procedures to ensure that all collectors are trained.
- A new standard, 188.8.131.52, was created to allow for cases where a determination of relationship is being performed in a nonparentage situation.
- Standards 5.3.8 through 184.108.40.206 are new to the edition and have been added to cover two-party comparisons of full siblings, half siblings, avuncular, and single grandparentage likelihood ratios.
- New Standards 5.4.2 through 220.127.116.11 have been written to ensure that laboratories using closed systems have policies, processes, and procedures for their use.
1.1 Executive Management
1.2 Laboratory Director Qualifications and Responsibilities
1.3 Laboratory Supervisor Qualifications and Responsibilities
1.4 Staffing Changes
1.5 Laboratory Status Changes
1.6 Communication of Concerns
1.7 Customer Focus
2.1 Human Resources
3.1 Selection of Equipment
3.2 Qualification of Equipment
3.3 Unique Identification of Equipment
3.4 Control of Equipment
3.5 Information Systems
4. SUPPLIER AND CUSTOMER ISSUES
4.0 Supplier and Customer Issues
4.1 Supply Identification
4.2 Supplier Qualification
4.4 Supplier Evaluation
4.5 Receipt, Inspection, and Testing of Incoming Critical Supplies and Samples
4.6 Management of Supplies and Materials
5. PROCESS CONTROL
5.0 Process Control
5.1 General Elements
5.2 Sample Collection for Chain of Custody Cases
5.3 Testing and Results
5.4 Specific Testing Methods
6. DOCUMENTS AND RECORDS
6.0 Documents and Records
6.3 Relationship Test Reports
6.4 Promotional Materials
6.2.1A Retention of Records
6.3A Requirements for Test Reports
7. DEVIATIONS AND NONCONFORMING PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
7.0 Deviations and Nonconforming Products and Services
7.1 Nonconforming Materials, Samples, and Services
7.2 Nonconforming Proficiency Test Results
7.3 Nonconforming Competency Assessments
8. ASSESSMENTS: INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL
8.0 Assessments: Internal and External
8.1 Management of Assessment Results
8.2 Quality Monitoring
9. PROCESS IMPROVEMENT THROUGH CORRECTIVE AND PREVENTIVE ACTION
9.0 Process Improvement Through Corrective and Preventive Action
9.1 Corrective Action
9.2 Preventive Action
10. FACILITIES, WORK ENVIRONMENT, AND SAFETY
10.0 Facilities and Safety
10.1 Facilities and Work Environment
10.2 Health and Safety
10.3 Environmental Monitoring
10.4 Emergency Management
“CROSSWALK” BETWEEN THE 12TH AND 13TH EDITIONS OF STANDARDS FOR RELATIONSHIP TESTING LABORATORIES