San Diego DUI attorneys report that a breath alcohol program credited to forensic lab but not a San Diego County lab.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Forensic Sciences Laboratory has become the first lab worldwide to achieve accreditation for its Breath Alcohol Calibrations through the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/ Laboratory Accreditation Board.

“The Ventura County’s Breath Alcohol Calibration program is now recognized to meet more scientifically stringent specifications than the oversight provided in the past by the California Department of Public Health,” said Renee Artman, laboratory manager. “I have always known that the sheriff’s department provides a quality program to our community made up of stateoftheart instrumentation and the best qualified and talented scientists in the field. Now this knowledge is shared among the forensic community.”

In this program, the lab demonstrated that its technical operations and overall management systems meet more than 400 criteria of board requirements.

The onsite assessment was conducted in April, when both inlab and infield breath alcohol calibration operations were evaluated.

Accreditation was granted during the June 21 board meeting.

Janet Anderson-Seaquist, sheriff ‘s department alcohol section supervisor, has been appointed to serve on the board’s Technical Advisory Committee representing the Breath Alcohol Calibration Discipline.

Neither the San Diego Sheriff’s Crime Lab nor the San Diego Police Department Crime Lab have received this DUI accreditation.

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