Since then, the two organizations have seen a number of directors come and go. However, as documented in the history of the laboratory and the main period covered by the collection now entrusted to the Musée de la civilisation, the key figures to remember are Dr. Derome and Dr. Fontaine, who presided over the institution’s founding and its’ development into a world-renowned organization.

In October 1996, the laboratory acquired the status of independent service unit but remained attached to the Quebec Department of Public Security. The field of forensic sciences is constantly changing. Since 1914, analytical procedures have become increasingly refined and diversified. Today, North America boasts over 200 such laboratories, thanks in part to Quebec’s pioneering efforts in this field.

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