The state’s scandal-plagued crime lab operated like an island within the larger Jamaica Plain complex that houses the suite of Massachusetts testing labs, according to a report that found operations in the 17 other labs met industry standards. But the report concludes that years of budget cuts threaten quality at those labs.
The review, conducted in early October by the Association of Public Health Laboratories, concluded that leaders of the Hinton State Laboratory Institute need to restore two quality assurance officer positions eliminated during past budget cuts.
The review found no violations of industry standards and noted that the labs are accredited by various independent organizations.
But it faulted the lab’s management system, saying it lacked a “consistent delegation of responsibility . . . at the supervisory and management levels.”
It also said tighter state budgets have had a “corrosive effect” on the number of quality assurance officers, noting that there were at least two such positions in the past. Now, those duties are handled part time.
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