.03 Proficiency Testing Provider Approval.

A. Approval Required. A private, nonprofit, or commercial organization or government agency may not provide a proficiency test in this State for use by a forensic laboratory without first obtaining proficiency testing approval from the Department.

B. Approval Granted by the Secretary. The Department may approve a proficiency testing provider for a forensic science discipline or subdiscipline, if the proficiency testing provider:

(1) Provides reliable, documented evidence to the Department that the proficiency test is technically and administratively able to meet the applicable requirements of this chapter; and

(2) Submits directly to the Department evaluations of all proficiency test results from each laboratory that holds a Maryland forensic laboratory permit.