Division of Criminal Justice Services

Forensic Laboratory Accreditation

The Commission on Forensic Science and the DNA Subcommittee were established by Article 49-B of the Executive Law. The Commission is empowered to develop minimum standards and a program of accreditation for all public forensic laboratories in New York State. Accreditation of a forensic DNA laboratory is granted through the DNA Subcommittee. The Subcommittee also advises the Commission on any matter related to the implementation of scientific controls and quality assurance procedures for the performance of forensic DNA analysis.

The Office of Forensic Services monitors forensic laboratories’ compliance with accreditation standards established by the New York State Commission on Forensic Science. The laboratories must demonstrate compliance with the standards of the ANAB ‒ ANSI (American National Standards Institute) National Accreditation Board, the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT), and/or the Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories published by the FBI in connection with DNA laboratory accreditation and the New York State DNA Databank.

  • Regulations (Title 9, Subtitle U, Chapter VIII) pertaining to public forensic laboratory accreditation.

New York State (NYS) Public Forensic Laboratories
Accredited by the NYS Commission on Forensic Science:

  1. Erie County Department of Central Police Services Forensic Laboratory
  2. Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office Forensic Toxicology Laboratory
  3. Monroe County Public Safety Laboratory
  4. Monroe County Office of the Medical Examiner Forensic Toxicology Laboratory
  5. Nassau County Office of the Medical Examiner Toxicology Laboratory
  6. Nassau County Division of Forensic Sciences Laboratory
  7. New York City Police Department Police Laboratory
  8. New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Department of Forensic Biology
  9. New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Forensic Toxicology Laboratory
  10. New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Latent Print Laboratory
  11. New York State Police Crime Laboratory
    1. NYSP Mid-Hudson Satellite Facility
    2. NYSP Southern Tier Satellite Facility
    3. NYSP Western Satellite Facility
  12. Niagara County Sheriff’s Department Forensic Laboratory
  13. Onondaga County Center for Forensic Sciences
  14. Onondaga County Health Department Forensic Toxicology Laboratory
  15. Suffolk County Crime Laboratory
  16. Suffolk County Office of Chief Medical Examiner Toxicology Laboratory
  17. Westchester County Department of Laboratories and Research - Division of Forensic Sciences
  18. Westchester County Department of Laboratories & Research, Division of Forensic Toxicology
  19. Westchester County Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory
  20. Yonkers Police Department Forensic Science Laboratory