DGAL is a government institution, formerly known as the Government Chemist and Analytical Laboratory.
It is a constituent Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs mandated to provide a wide range of general scientific-analytical, forensic and advisory services that facilitate effective legal proceedings to dispense fair justice; safeguard people’s and environmental health and safety.
The Directorate is the leading provider of independent scientific-analytical and forensic services in Uganda, with over eighty (80) years of expertise.
It operates within the Justice law and Order Sector (JLOS), complementing and working with the other justice administration agencies by offering scientific-analytical-based investigations to facilitate the delivery of justice.
The Directorate provides services to a wide range of clientele including Government Departments responsible for the administration of justice and other agencies of Government mainly the Police, Courts of law (Judiciary), Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), the private sector and members of the public.
It also provides services to statutory bodies such as National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), National Drug Authority (NDA), for Water Development (DWD), Agricultural Chemicals Board (ACB) and the private sector.