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FEPAC Call for Comments on Proposed Update to Standard 4.3 Program Director

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator Pursuant to the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) Policies and Procedures, Policy 1.4 Scope of Accreditation, FEPAC promotes academic quality through the formal accreditation of forensic science programs in the United States and abroad. FEPAC accredits forensic science education programs that lead to a bachelor’s […]


Forensic Science Organization to Draft Standards for Sexual Assault Examinations

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST OSAC seeks qualified applicants for new forensic nursing subcommittee The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC), which is administered by NIST, will launch a new subcommittee that will draft standards for collecting physical evidence […]


NIST Publishes Review of DNA Mixture Interpretation Methods

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published DNA Mixture Interpretation: A Scientific Foundation Review. This draft report, which will be open for public comment for 60 days before being published in final form, reviews the methods that forensic laboratories use to interpret evidence containing a mixture of […]


Handwriting Examiners in the Digital Age

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST People are writing more than ever with their keyboards and phones, but handwritten notes have become rare. Even signatures are going out of style. Most credit card purchases no longer require them, and if they do, you can usually just scratch one out with your fingernail. The age-old […]


ASB Newsletter—April 16, 2021

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat ASB Documents Open for Public Comment The ASB encourages all interested parties to provide comments on documents in progress. The public comment period has opened for: Recirculation* – ASB Standard 140, Standard for Training in Forensic Human Mitochondrial DNA Analysis, Interpretation, Comparison, Statistical Evaluation, and Reporting, First Edition (Comment Deadline, […]


DNAmix 2021—Request for Participation

Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD CALLING ALL DNA ANALYSTS QUESTION—If two labs are given the same mixture (as an electropherogram) and the same person of interest, how consistent are the statistical responses and categorical interpretations? And what factors explain any differences in responses? DNAmix2021 is a large-scale independent study being conducted to evaluate the extent of […]


NIST Study Will Help Labs Distinguish Between Hemp and Marijuana

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is launching an interlaboratory comparison study aimed at helping labs make the accurate Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) measurements needed to distinguish between hemp and marijuana. For this study, NIST will send samples of hemp and marijuana plant material to labs that will […]


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Announces A Safer Way to Train Detection Dogs

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST Trained dogs are incredible chemical sensors, far better at detecting explosives, narcotics, and other substances than even the most advanced technological device. But one challenge is that dogs have to be trained, and training them with real hazardous substances can be inconvenient and dangerous. Scientists at NIST have […]


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Launches an Updated Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST Changes to the OSAC’s structure include the addition of a new Scientific Area Committee (SAC) for forensic medicine and the separation of the chemistry SAC into two SACs, each focused on a different aspect of forensic chemistry. Closely related subcommittees have been combined, reducing their number from 25 […]


FEPAC Calls for Comments on Proposed Crime Scene Investigation Standards

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation and Outreach Coordinator 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 Crime Scene Investigation. Background: Based on surveys conducted over the past several years, FEPAC has developed a set of standards […]


ASB Newsletter—September 4, 2020

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat Six New Forensic Documents From the AAFS Standards Board The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of six new forensic standards. ANSI/ASB Standard 038, Standards for Internal Validation of Forensic DNA Testing Methods ANSI/ASB Best Practice Recommendation 068, Safe Handling of Firearms and Ammunition ANSI/ASB Standard […]


ASB Newsletter—August 21, 2020

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat New Forensic Toxicology Standard From the AAFS Standards Board The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ANSI/ASB Standard 053, Standard for Report Content in Forensic Toxicology, First Edition, 2020. This document delineates the requirements for reporting results from forensic toxicology analyses. Specifically, it is intended […]


Measuring the Sensitivity of COVID Tests With New Material From NIST

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) research group that produces the Human DNA Quantitation Standard and other standards used in forensic DNA profiling have put their know-how to use in an effort to improve testing for COVID-19. COVID tests can give a false negative if a person is […]


NIST to Help Labs Achieve Accurate THC, CBD Measurements

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST The 2018 Farm Bill legalized cannabis products with less than 0.3% THC. However, labs can have a hard time getting accurate THC measurements, especially at that low level. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has now launched a program to help laboratories accurately measure key chemical […]


Update to CFSO Flash Brief—2020 July Issue

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, AAFS CFSO Liaison In the previous posting of the CFSO Flash Brief for July 2020, there was a transposition of budget categories on page 3. The correct budget figures for NIST’s OSAC are FY20: $3,150,000 and House bill: $3,150,000. The figures for NIST’s Forensic Technical Evaluations category are FY20: $1,000,000 […]


Announcing a Webinar Series on the OSAC-ASB Process

Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD A new Promega® Webinar Series will be held over the next few months. The series is free and open to all. A portion of the abstract is provided here: A series of webinars have been created to provide information and educate the forensic and criminal justice community regarding new and emerging […]


NIST to Digital Forensics Experts: Show Us What You Got

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announces the first large-scale black box study for digital forensics. There have been black box studies for fingerprint and ballistic examiners, but this is the first large-scale black box study for digital forensics. It will test how well experts perform […]


Two New Forensic DNA Standards Added to the OSAC Registry

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science has placed two new standards covering the interpretation of DNA evidence on its registry of approved standards. This stamp of approval from OSAC, which is administered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), indicates that these […]