Algerian police adopts sample tracking software to bolster operations
STACS DNA, the sample tracking software company, has announced that Direction générale de la sûreté nationale (DGSN), Algeria’s national police force, has implemented STACS-CW Enterprise sample tracking and quality control software at their forensic DNA laboratory in Algiers.
The DGSN lab has been using the BARD forensic laboratory information management system (LIMS), developed by PEC Technologies, since 2006 to manage incoming evidence.
As the DNA sample processing requirements grew, the lab increasingly needed functionality specific to DNA to document their activities and ensure quality control procedures were followed.
STACS-CW is now used by 30 analysts to perform consistent DNA workflows in the DGSN lab. By centralizing all DNA data in one system, lab staff are easily able to track and report on all sample processing activities including users, processing dates, comments, consumables, instruments, profiles, and results.
Integrated with their instruments and LIMS, DGSN analysts decrease data entry time, errors and intermediate steps. In addition, STACS-CW’s process controls and troubleshooting tools help them to reduce errors and maintain the highest level of quality.
Documenting DNA sample processing and consumable and instrument maintenance activities is vital to maintaining a high level of quality control. DGSN had been using case log books and files to do this, which makes it very difficult to ensure consistency and poses challenges for finding and sharing information among multiple analysts in a timely fashion.
STACS-CW is integrated with PEC’s BARD to provide DGSN with a streamlined solution, eliminating the need for analysts to enter data in both systems. PEC is STACS DNA’s value added reseller in parts of the Middle East and Africa.
“We are pleased to be working with DGSN, our first customer in Africa,” said Jocelyn Tremblay, President and COO of STACS DNA. “Building on our relationship with PEC, the integrated STACS-CW and BARD solutions are helping DGSN deliver exceptional quality and tracking which are vital for a national forensic DNA laboratory.”