Now Available: AAFS Standards Fact Sheets!
As part of a cooperative agreement with NIST, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) is developing training, tools, and resources to enhance implementation efforts and broaden awareness of forensic science standards among communities of interest.
One of these resources, AAFS Standards Fact Sheets, provide a clear, concise, and easy way to understand the purpose of a specific standard, why it is needed, and the benefits of adoption. There are currently 12 AAFS Fact Sheets available for standards listed on the OSAC Registry in the following forensic science disciplines: DNA, fire investigation, firearms & toolmarks, ignitable liquids and explosives, seized drugs, toxicology, and trace evidence. The fact sheets, standards-related webinars, and future resources are available on the AAFS Standards Resources and Training site.
ANSI Legal Issues Forum: Forensic Science Standards and Conformity Assessment
As part of spring World Standards Week, held May 17-19, ANSI hosted a Legal Issues Forum which addressed the interplay between forensic science standards, conformity assessment, and the law. A panel of forensic science experts discussed how performance can be assessed against forensic standards from the laboratory perspective. A second panel, consisting of legal experts, addressed the role of forensic science standards in the administration of justice, the standards currently used in the courtroom, and the impact that standards (and the evidence to which they apply) can have on the outcome of cases. Read the ANSI news article and download the slide presentation from this event on the ANSI World Standards Week webpage.
ASCLD Forensic Research Committee Collaboration Hub
The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) Forensic Research Committee (FRC) has launched a collaboration directory for forensic science researchers and practitioners. The directory connects researchers with ongoing projects to practitioners who want to participate in research studies. Each project listed in the directory includes a summary, the support requested from participants, estimated time involved and deliverables. More information about the available projects can be found in the FRC Researcher-Practitioner Collaboration Directory.
Standards: The Not-So-Missing Link. AAFS has created a new video to help address the need for training related to forensic science standards. This video is the basis for a webinar that will be held June 16 and July 21, 2022. Registration for the June webinar is open and available here.