News Related to: FEPAC


President’s Message – July 2017

Source: Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President As President of the Academy, I have had the honor of talking to a wide variety of audiences about forensic science and the mission of the Academy. I often describe the greatest strengths of the Academy as the extensive knowledge base of our members and their level […]


Message From The AAFS President – May 2017

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS On May 13, 2017, I had the honor of speaking at the commencement exercises for the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Forensic Sciences. This Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) -accredited program had 45 Bachelor of Science graduates and 15 Master of Science graduates for 2017. When I […]


National Women’s History Month

Source: Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President During the month of March, we celebrated National Women’s History Month by remembering and honoring the six female Past Presidents of AAFS:  June K. Jones, Toxicologist (1979-1980), Maureen Casey Owens, Document Examiner (1984-1985), Marina Stajić, Toxicologist, (1992-1993), Patricia J. McFeeley, Pathologist (1999-2000), Mary Fran Ernst, Death Investigator […]


Robert E. Gaensslen Receives the R.B.H. Gradwohl Medallion

Dr. Robert E. Gaensslen was honored at the 69th American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, LA, with the Academy’s highest honor — the R.B.H. Gradwohl Medallion. The Gradwohl Medallion is intended to honor one who has made exceptional contributions to the field of forensic science. The criteria for the […]


FEPAC Calls for Comments on Proposed Updates to Forensic Science Standards

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Director of Development and Accreditation Pursuant to the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) Policies & Procedures, Policy 4.10 Review of Standards states that FEPAC is tasked with conducting ongoing and comprehensive reviews of its accreditation standards in order to verify that they adequately evaluate educational quality and are relevant […]


AAFS Annual Meeting Employment Forum & FEPAC University Fair

Source: Heather Jefferson, AAFS Meetings Assistant & Exhibit Coordinator The AAFS will be hosting its 14th Annual Employment Forum and its 6th Annual University Fair during the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, LA.  The purpose is to provide employers and academic programs with the following: • A means for employers and applicants to meet, to exchange information, to conduct […]


AAFS Annual Meeting Employment Forum & FEPAC University Fair

The AAFS will be hosting its 14th Annual Employment Forum and its 6th Annual University Fair during the 2017 annual meeting in New Orleans, LA.  The purpose is to provide employers and academic programs with the following: Employment Forum — a means for employers and applicants to meet, to exchange information, to conduct informal interviews, or to schedule interviews for […]


Young Forensic Scientists Forum News – July 2016

Editors: Jacob Griffin, MS, and Ashley Foster, MAS A Letter From the YFSF President The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) is excited to be starting a busy summer planning for the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting. This July newsletter is the first to be published by this year’s YFSF committee. Please take the time to read […]


FEPAC Proposes Forensic Investigation Standards – Call for Comments

The Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) is asking for your comments on and reaction to the proposed standards shown below for academic programs in forensic investigation and related areas. Background: FEPAC has recently been discussing the possibility of expanding the scope of its accreditation activities to areas other than classic forensic science/criminalistics. A […]


FEPAC Statement of Support for the Expansion of Pattern Evidence Curricula

The Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) encourages universities providing forensic science degrees to develop and implement pattern evidence degree programs. FEPAC believes that a paradigm shift in the education and training of pattern evidence disciplines such as latent print analysis, firearms and tool marks analysis, handwriting analysis, and impressions analysis is needed. The […]


FEPAC Proposes Revised Standards for Digital Evidence Program

Over the course of the past two years, the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) and a subcommittee comprised of educators and practitioner experts in the field conducted an in-depth review of the FEPAC standards as they relate to Digital & Multimedia Forensic Science. The review was initiated as a result of concerns expressed […]


2016 FEPAC Accreditation Decisions

At its February 2016 Annual Meeting, the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) conducted reviews of forensic science programs that had applied for accreditation during the 2015 review cycle. The summary of accreditation actions taken by FEPAC are available online through the FEPAC website http://fepac-edu.org. The document, “FEPAC 2016 Accreditation Decisions,” is available under […]


FEPAC Statement of Support for Establishing Ph.D. Programs in Forensic Science

The Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) encourages universities with FEPAC-accredited Master’s degree programs and the requisite faculty and research infrastructure to establish PhD degree programs in forensic science. FEPAC believes there is a need for more scientists with PhD degrees in forensic science to effectively advance the field of forensic science. Such individuals […]


FEPAC Call for Comment on Proposed Standards Updates – Digital Evidence 2015

Pursuant to the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) Policies & Procedures, Policy 4.10 Review of Standards, FEPAC is tasked with conducting ongoing and comprehensive reviews of its accreditation standards to verify they adequately evaluate educational quality and are relevant to the education needs of students seeking a career in forensic science. During a […]


FEPAC Will Expand the Scope of Its Accreditation Activities

The Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC ) came into being as a forensic science program accrediting body as the result of a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) -sponsored Technical Working Group on Education (TWGED). The focus was on criminalistics programs, those concerned primarily with training laboratory scientists in biology, chemistry, and trace- and […]


Planning & Development

Source: Nancy Jackson, Director of Development and Accreditation At the February 2015 FEPAC meeting, the Commission reviewed documents relating to institutions with pending awards of accreditation.  The Commission voted to award Full Accreditation (five-year term) to the following programs:  Boston University School of Medicine for the Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Forensic Science, Florida International […]


Financial Liaison November 2014 News Update

With the AAFS Annual Meeting fast approaching, the YFSF financial liaisons would like to thank those FEPAC-accredited universities who responded to our letters and have contributed to the 2015 YFSF Special Session! Your support is what makes the YFSF program possible year after year and enables us to help students and young forensic professionals interact […]