After three years, the York County Sheriff’s Office DNA Laboratory is now open.
The laboratory received from Forensic Quality Services that it has achieved accreditation under the global basis for laboratory accreditation in management and technical requirements.
FQS is the longest established provider of accreditation to forensic testing agencies in the United States and the YCSO forensic biology testing lab received the highest level of international accreditation that can be obtained, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Trent Faris said Monday.
The York County forensic laboratory was created through drug forfeiture money and grants, and is now operating off county funding.
“This is a wonderful accomplishment for us and York County citizens,” York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant said. It has taken us months to at times more than a year to get DNA results back for routine cases from the state lab. Now we can have results in weeks and even as little as a few days if necessary.”
The lab simultaneously underwent the FBI’s Quality Assurance Standards Assessment for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories, the completion of which allows for the participation in the National Combined DNA Index System, commonly known as CODIS.
“We have created a quality laboratory which has been recognized through a rigorous review process.” said Cristy Kissel, DNA Technical Leader for the Laboratory. “We look forward to serving all the agencies in York County in their efforts to investigate and reduce crime.”
The Sheriff’s Office DNA lab is one of only four local forensic biology labs in South Carolina.