The international accreditation of the ballistics unit Judicial Branch’s Forensics Science Labs of with the ISO 17020 norm and the re-accreditation of the biochemical, toxicology and analytic chemistry units with the ISO 17025 norms convert Costa Rica in a regional model.
The strengthening of forensic capabilities improves the quality of evidence analysis, which in turn strengthens the judicial process.
The U.S. Embassy Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (ISO 17025 and the U.S. Department of Justice supported the accreditation and re-accreditation process with approximately USD 600,000.
U.S. Ambassador Sharon Day said that the Forensics Labs are an example of best practices for the assistance programs of the U.S. judicial system.