Proficiency Testing Australia
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Proficiency Testing Australia (PTA) will participate at the 22nd International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS), held in Adelaide from Sunday 31 August to Thursday 4 September 2014.

 

In collaboration with Forensic Foundations, we will exhibit a poster presentation on The Forensic Proficiency Testing Survey, conducted by PTA in March 2013

The survey was sent to over 100 contacts representing 30 Australian Forensic Science Institutions and asked about their experience with proficiency testing programs and associated quality control approaches. The primary aim of the survey was to assess the availability of proficiency testing programs for Australian forensic science laboratories and to identify areas where new programs are needed. 

All laboratories invited were selected based on their accreditation in various fields of forensic science. Out of eleven respondents, nine reported that their laboratory was periodically involved in proficiency testing and that they would welcome new programs. Participants identified several forensic science domains where no proficiency testing was available or the existing programs were not adapted to the Australian environment. Additionally, the survey results indicate that there is insufficient awareness about the benefits of proficiency testing for forensic laboratories. 

As a consequence of these survey results, PTA have partnered with Forensic Foundations to continue to plan for proficiency services in this field. The aim of the partnership is to develop a range of proficiency testing programs addressed to forensic laboratories in Australia and Asia-Pacific region to be available in 2014.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Adelaide.