SDD Proficiency Testing Scheme
SDD Proficiency Testing
Starting in 2023, the International Proficiency Testing Scheme for the Estimation of Shooting Distance by Chemographical Coloring ( SDD Quality Scheme) is provided by quo data Gesellschaft für Qualitätsmanagement und Statistik mbH in cooperation with the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) and with the support of members of the ENFSI expert working group "Firearms/GSR" who have agreed to form an advisory board.
This Proficiency Testing Scheme is the continuation of a series of three PT rounds, organized and conducted by the ENFSI expert working group "Firearms/GSR" between 2015 and 2021.
PT rounds will be offered annually. In each round, screen-printed samples (test series and case shot) are sent to the participants. These samples are optimized for chemographical methods and identical for all participants. Performance of the participants will be assessed via z scores and will be based both on an estimate of shooting distance and on an estimate of the range (minimum and maximum distance).
This PT scheme is particularly important for accredited laboratories which are required to regularly participate in external quality assessment exercises.
SDD2023 - Current information
Enrollment for the SDD2023 PT round is open starting on 22 June 2023 until 3 September 2023.
Sample shipment is currently planned for 18 October 2023, and data submission will be possible for four weeks thereafter.
Detailed information for the SDD2023 PT round is provided in the "Call for Participation" document.
If you would like to participate in the SDD2023 PT, please fill in the online application form provided here: https://forensics-pt.quodata.de/pt-participant/lab_applicant/add.
If your application is accepted, you will receive an email with your login data and the link for enrollment. After successful enrollment, you will receive a confirmation email. Further information regarding online data entry will be sent together with the samples.
As a forensic expert, you might also be interested in our GSR Proficiency Testing Scheme. Please visit our website https://quodata.de/de/ringversuche/gsr-quality-scheme.html for more information.
If you have any questions regarding one of our PT schemes in forensics, please do not hesitate to contact us using the following email address: email@example.com.
Introductory information on proficiency testing in general, available in different languages can be found here: