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National Commission on Forensic Science (archive)


NCFS meeting

In 2013, the Department of Justice established the National Commission on Forensic Science in partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to enhance the practice and improve the reliability of forensic science. This unique partnership drew upon each agency's core strengths to promote scientific validity, reduce fragmentation, and improve federal coordination of forensic science.

The Commission held its final meeting on April 10 and 11, 2017.

See an in-depth article describing the first-year activities of the National Commission on Forensic Science and the Organization of Scientific Area Committees, published in the Proceedings of the International Symposium on Human Identification, 2014.

Visit the Department of Justice's homepage for the National Commission on Forensic Science.

Watch video recordings of the NCFS meetings:
NCFS Meeting 2, May 12-13, 2014
NCFS Meeting 3, August 26-27, 2014
NCFS Meeting 4, October 28-29, 2014
NCFS Meeting 5, January 29-30, 2015
NCFS Meeting 6, April 30-May 1, 2015
NCFS Meeting 7, August 10-11, 2015
NCFS Meeting 8, December 7-8, 2015
NCFS Meeting 9, March 21-22, 2016
NCFS Meeting 10, June 20-21, 2016
NCFS Meeting 11, September 12-13, 2016
NCFS Meeting 12, January 9 – 10, 2017 
NCFS Meeting 13, April 10 – 11, 2017 

The DOJ Archive has additional details on Term 1 - Meetings 1-7 and Term 2 - Meetings 8-13.


Oct. 1, 2014: John Butler, NIST, NCFS vice-chair, presentation to 25th International Symposium on Human Identification (PDF)
Feb. 19, 2015: John Butler, NIST/NCFS vice-chair and Nelson Santos, DOJ/NCFS vice-chair, presentation at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual meeting (PDF)

Created October 9, 2014, Updated March 22, 2023