ISO/UKAS accreditation hasn’t saved the UK Forensic Science Service, but given the extent of bad forensic practices, this Pennsylvania attorney sees ISO 17025 as useful and inevitable.
However, he warns about one of its deficiencies. Confidently knowing the figures measured does not help if the method and interpretation are wrong.
In order to capture a global market for the inspection cartel, ISO standards cannot cover the details of specific scientific interpretations. These are not accredited.
Accrediting defective interpretations would raise the legal issue of cartel liability for those errors.