Government: No international accreditation for the DNA testing laboratory

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The government said it had not obtained international accreditation for DNA testing services at the Forensic Science Center.

Senator and Minister of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries Clarence Rambharat, speaking on behalf of Minister of National Security Fitzgerald Hinds, in response to questions for oral answer submitted by Senator Jayanti Lutchmedial, said the St James’s Forensic Science Center DNA testing laboratory has yet to obtain international accreditation.

“The DNA testing laboratory at the Trinidad and Tobago Center for Forensic Sciences has not obtained international accreditation, however, preliminary documents such as terms of reference and requests for quotes have been drawn up.

“Notwithstanding, through the use of external services, the evidence provided by the Center for Forensic Sciences has always been accepted without any legal challenge. “

In response to questions about the total amount spent by the government on DNA testing in private laboratories from 2020 to 2021, Rambharat said no money was spent on private services.

“The Forensic Science Center and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) did not spend any money on private labs in the 2020-21 fiscal year. “

When asked if a government owes money to private laboratories, Rambharat replied that he did not have the information at hand.

In 2018, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi said DNA legislation would be presented to parliament, along with plans to operationalize the DNA database.


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