Register Now for a Three-Part Webinar Series on Biology/DNA Standards and Best Practices
Join OSAC, ASB and Promega for a three-part webinar series that will provide information on new/emerging standards and best practice recommendations applicable to forensic biology and DNA testing laboratories.
The first webinar in this series, Development and Publication of New Standards and Best Practices - The Process, will describe the complete process for standards development within OSAC and ASB.
You will learn:
- How these documents were conceived, written and developed into published standards.
- An overview of OSAC and ASB; their history; the general process of document creation and construction.
- The future process of maintaining or revising the documents.
Part 1 of the webinar series will be held Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 1pm EDT. Register here!
This three-part series on Biology/DNA standards and best practices will continue over the next few months. Register for the series here.
NIST Invites Forensic Laboratories to Participate in the Cannabis Quality Assurance Program
Does your laboratory develop quantitative methods to distinguish hemp from marijuana? Then participate in NIST’s Cannabis Quality Assurance Program (CannaQAP). CannaQAP aims to help laboratories demonstrate and improve measurement comparability and/or competence for hemp determination through a perpetual interlaboratory study mechanism. Participating forensic laboratories can utilize this trusted tool to: 1) Obtain reliable quality control samples to evaluate an individual laboratory’s performance and provide data that can be used in the validation of its measurement capabilities or, 2) Use their results to demonstrate their laboratory’s purported capabilities.
CannaQAP exercises are designed to include a variety of sample types in increasing order of complexity. Laboratories are highly encouraged to participate in all exercises. Exercise 1 was designed to assess sources of instrumental method variability and exercise 2 will introduce variability of sample preparation/extraction of plant materials. The CannaQAP schedule will include multiple Cannabis-derived oils and plant exercises.
NIST is also planning to release a hemp plant Reference Material with a tentative target date of July 2021.
To participate in the CannaQAP, please contact the Cannabis/CannaQAP Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any suggestions or questions regarding CannaQAP or other Cannabis projects at NIST, you can also email the Cannabis/CannaQAP Team.
Get Involved with OSAC
OSAC offers a variety of ways for members, affiliates and other experts in the forensic science community to participate in the standards advancement process. Click here to learn how you can help make an impact on the forensic science community through standards.