The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board ASCLD/LAB Accreditation Program was formalized in 1981 with a mission to continually improve the quality of forensic science through the accreditation and education of forensic service providers. Four (4) objectives were originally established by the board and have remained unchanged as the program has evolved over the years. The following objectives continue to guide the accreditation process of forensic laboratories:
  • To improve the quality of laboratory services provided to the criminal justice system.
  • To adopt, develop and maintain criteria which may be used by a laboratory to assess its level of performance and to strengthen its operation.
  • To provide an independent, impartial, and objective system by which laboratories can benefit from a total operational review.
  • To offer to the general public and to users of laboratory services a means of identifying those laboratories which have demonstrated that they meet established standards.
As the initial ASCLD/LAB Accreditation Program that is currently known as the Legacy Program continuously improved over the years, it became recognized worldwide as the Gold Standard for the accreditation of crime laboratories. With this recognition, the importance of demonstrating that all forensic services are provided in accordance with accepted standards increased. Accreditation provides a means for that essential, external, independent review. Furthermore, accreditation increases the level of confidence for customers and all interested parties in the work and work product of the laboratory. The ASCLD/LAB-International Accreditation Testing Program is a program of accreditation in which any crime laboratory providing covered services may participate to demonstrate that its technical operations and overall management system meet ISO/IEC 17025:2005 requirements and applicable ASCLD/LAB-International supplemental requirements. SLED - ASCLD/LAB Accreditation Letter, September 19, 2014

The S. C. Law Enforcement Division Forensic Services Laboratory was initially accredited by ASCLD/LAB under the Legacy program on September 26, 1994. Legacy program reaccreditation was granted in 1999, 2004, and 2009. As ASCLD/LAB transitioned to the ISO/IEC 17025 based program, the SLED Forensic Services Laboratory underwent assessment and gained ASCLD/LAB-International Accreditation on September 19, 2014. The current fields of accreditation include Drug Chemistry, Toxicology, Biology (DNA), Trace Evidence, Firearms/Toolmarks, Latent Prints, Questioned Documents and Crime Scene.

On September 16, 2015, the Forensics Laboratory underwent its first annual on-site surveillance visit under the ASCLD/LAB-International program. The laboratory demonstrated continued compliance with all applicable ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standards in the current fields of accreditation.