Motherisk Hair Analysis Independant Review
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Motherisk Hair Analysis Independent Review

In 2014, the Province of Ontario established the Independent Review of the Motherisk Drug Testing Laboratory at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. The Independent Reviewer's expanded mandate was to conduct a review and provide a report of findings and recommendations respecting:

  • the adequacy and reliability of the hair-strand drug and alcohol testing methodology utilized by Motherisk between 2005 and 2015 for use as evidence in child protection and criminal proceedings; 
  • the extent to which the operation of the Motherisk laboratory between 2005 and 2015 was consistent with internationally recognized forensic standards;
  • other matters related to the operation of the Motherisk laboratory that the Independent Reviewer considers necessary and appropriate to address as a result of her review; and
  • whether the use of evidence derived from Motherisk's hair-strand drug and alcohol testing in criminal and child protection proceedings has implications warranting an additional review or process with respect to specific cases or classes of cases and, if so, the nature and extent of any such review or process.
Produced in
2017
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Report of the Motherisk Hair Analysis Independent Review