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10.51.06.00.htm 10.51.06.00. Title 10 MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH Subtitle 51 FORENSIC LABORATORIES Chapter 06 Employees Authority: Health-General Article, Title 17, Subtitle 2A, Annotated Code of Maryland
10.51.06.01.htm 10.51.06.01. 01 Employees ― Required.. A. A licensee operating a forensic laboratory shall employ or otherwise engage the services of qualified employees, including:1) A director;. 2) A technical leader;. 3) A quality assurance manager; and. 4) Forensic analysts and examiners.. B. Based on the scope of forensic testing services or categories offered or performed by the forensic laboratory, a licensee:1) Shall employ a sufficient number of qualified forensic analysts and examiners to:.
10.51.06.02.htm 10.51.06.02. 02 Employees ― Character and Education Verification.. A. A licensee shall establish and follow written procedures for verifying the background and education of forensic laboratory employees.B. A licensee shall verify the background and education of an individual by a:. 1) Background investigation;. 2) Review of the individual’s grade transcript from the college or university that the individual attended, that is:a) The original record or transcript document; or.
10.51.06.03.htm 10.51.06.03. 03 Employees ― Qualification Effective Dates.. A. Regardless of how an individual’s role, position, or title is identified by a licensee, on or after January 1, 2012, an individual who begins employment with a licensee in a forensic laboratory shall meet the appropriate employee qualifications and requirements as set forth in this subtitle for a:1) Director;. 2) Technical leader;. 3) Quality assurance manager;. 4) Forensic analyst or examiner; and. 5) Person in the chain of
10.51.06.04.htm 10.51.06.04. 04 Director ― Requirement.. A licensee shall employ a forensic laboratory director who:. A. Meets the qualifications set forth in this chapter; and. B. Is responsible for the overall operation and administration of the laboratory..
10.51.06.05.htm 10.51.06.05. 05 Director ― Qualifications.. A director of a forensic laboratory shall:. A. Hold an earned master’s or doctoral degree from an accredited institution in:. 1) Forensic science;. 2) A natural science such as chemistry, physics, or biology; or. 3) A subspecialty of a natural science such as organic chemistry, biochemistry, or molecular biology; andB. Have at least:. 1) 3 years of documented forensic laboratory experience; and. 2) 2 years of managerial or supervisory experience..
10.51.06.06.htm 10.51.06.06. 06 Director ― General Duties and Responsibilities.. A. A director of a forensic laboratory is responsible for the overall operation and administration of the forensic laboratory.B. A director of a forensic laboratory shall participate in and actively oversee the planning, organization, direction, and review of all laboratory operations, including but not limited to:1) Employing individuals who are competent to:. a) Perform a forensic analysis; and.
10.51.06.07.htm 10.51.06.07. 07 Director ― Specific Duties and Responsibilities.. A forensic laboratory director shall:. A. Be accessible to forensic laboratory employees to provide on-site, telephonic, or electronic consultation as needed;B. Ensure that:. 1) Forensic testing and examination systems developed and used for each forensic analysis performed in the laboratory provide quality laboratory services for all aspects of test and examination performance including the pre-analytic, analytic, and po
10.51.06.08.htm 10.51.06.08. 08 Quality Assurance Manager ― Requirements.. A. A director of a forensic laboratory shall designate a qualified individual as a quality assurance manager to be responsible for coordinating the activities required to ensure quality forensic analysis services.B. A quality assurance manager may be employed full-time or part-time as appropriate for the scope of forensic analysis services offered or performed.
10.51.06.09.htm 10.51.06.09. 09 Quality Assurance Manager ― Qualifications.. A quality assurance manager of a forensic laboratory shall:. A. Hold an earned baccalaureate or advanced degree from an accredited institution in:. 1) Forensic science;. 2) A natural science such as:. a) Chemistry;. b) Physics; or. c) Biology; or. 3) A subspecialty of a natural science such as:. a) Organic chemistry;. b) Biochemistry; or. c) Molecular biology; and.
10.51.06.10.htm 10.51.06.10. 10 Quality Assurance Manager ― Duties and Responsibilities.. A. Under the authority of the director, and operating independently of casework, a quality assurance manager shall be responsible for:1) Establishing:. a) A comprehensive quality assessment system that includes quality control and quality assessment programs that cover the forensic analyses performed; andb) Parameters for necessary levels of performance for forensic analyses;.
10.51.06.11.htm 10.51.06.11. 11 Technical Leader ― Requirements.. A. If a licensee performs or offers to perform forensic analyses in the discipline of Biology-DNA analysis, a forensic laboratory shall have a technical leader who:1) Meets the qualifications set forth in this chapter; and. 2) Is responsible for the technical and scientific oversight of the section or unit in a forensic laboratory that performs forensic analyses for DNA.B. Based on the scope of forensic analysis services, a licensee may employ
10.51.06.12.htm 10.51.06.12. 12 Technical Leader ― Qualifications.. A. General. Except for the discipline of Biology-DNA analysis, a technical leader in a discipline or subdiscipline of a forensic laboratory shall:1) Hold an earned baccalaureate or advanced degree from an accredited institution in:. a) Forensic science;. b) A natural science such as:. i) Chemistry;. ii) Physics; or. iii) Biology; or. c) A subspecialty of a natural science such as:. i) Organic chemistry;. ii) Biochemistry; or.
10.51.06.13.htm 10.51.06.13. 13 Technical Leader ― Responsibilities.. A. Authority. A licensee may authorize a technical leader to initiate, suspend, and resume a forensic analysis or forensic analyses operations for:1) The laboratory, if assigned to the technical leader;. 2) The forensic analysis section or unit of the laboratory assigned to the technical leader; or. 3) An individual in the technical leader’s assigned forensic analysis section or unit of the laboratory.
10.51.06.14.htm 10.51.06.14. 14 Forensic Analysis Employees ― Requirement.. A licensee shall ensure:. A. The forensic laboratory has at least one individual who meets the employee qualification requirements of this chapter, to perform the functions set forth in this chapter, for the type of forensic tests and examinations performed in the laboratory; andB. Technical reviews of case files and reports are conducted as determined by the Director or applicable standards.
10.51.06.15.htm 10.51.06.15. 15 Forensic Analysis Employees ― Qualifications.. A. Forensic Analysis Employees ― Qualifications for Toxicology and Trace Evidence Disciplines.. 1) A forensic analyst working in toxicology or trace evidence disciplines of a forensic laboratory shall:a) Possess a baccalaureate or advanced degree in a natural science, forensic science, or a closely related field of science; andb) Have successfully completed a training program in forensic toxicology or forensic analysis of tra
10.51.06.16.htm 10.51.06.16. 16 Forensic Analysis Employee Responsibilities ― General.. A licensee shall ensure that:. A. A forensic analysis employee is responsible for:. 1) Specimen and sample processing;. 2) Performing forensic analyses; and. 3) Reporting forensic analysis results; and. B. An individual performs only those forensic analyses that:. 1) Are authorized by the forensic laboratory director for the individual to perform; and. 2) Require a degree of skill commensurate with the
10.51.06.17.htm 10.51.06.17. 17 Forensic Analysis Employee Responsibilities ― Specific.. Regardless of the forensic analysis category, an individual who performs a forensic analysis shall:. A. Follow the forensic laboratory's approved procedures for:. 1) Specimen and sample handling and processing;. 2) Performing the forensic analysis; and. 3) Reporting and maintaining records of forensic analysis results;. B. Adhere to the forensic laboratory's policies and procedures for:. 1) Quality control;.
10.51.06.9999.htm 10.51.06.9999. Administrative History Effective date: May 28, 2012 (39:10 Md. R. 660). Regulation .07B amended effective July 20, 2015 (42:14 Md R. 880). Regulation .14 amended effective July 20, 2015 (42:14 Md R. 880). Regulation .17E amended effective July 20, 2015 (42:14 Md R. 880).
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