Between 19 and 23 October the Presence in Albania, with the help of a DNA expert from the United Kingdom, conducted a five-day Quality Assurance ISO/IEC 17025 linked gap analysis at the State Police Forensic Laboratory. This activity is a component of overall Presence efforts aiming at bringing the values and conduct of public safety officials further in line with international standards.
The quality assurance analysis also identified gaps in DNA analysis in Albania, which should be addressed if ISO standards are to be achieved. These gaps are linked to the processing standards and to the capabilities of personnel working at all levels in the laboratory.
In addition, this process will enable the Presence to assist in developing local ownership and accountability, as well as provide a basis for cross-border co-operation in this area, as the expert’s report will form part of the laboratory’s development plan to raise its overall quality standards.