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3.1 These are minimum standards applicable to those performing seized-drug analyses.
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3.2.1 Examines and analyzes seized drugs or related materials, or directs such examinations to be done;
3.2.2 Independently has access to unsealed evidence in order to remove samples from evidence for examination; and
3.2.3 As a consequence of such examinations, signs reports for court or investigative purposes.
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