AAFS Standards Resources and Training
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 Factsheets, 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 22 AAFS Factsheets available for standards listed on the OSAC Registry in the following forensic science disciplines: DNA, facial identification, fire debris & explosives, fire & explosion investigation, firearms & toolmarks, forensic toxicology, seized drugs, and trace materials.
AAFS is also developing Standards Checklists that FSSPs can use to track progress towards implementation, identify gaps or barriers to implementation, or document objective evidence of implementation or compliance of a standard. Checklists for six standards are being finalized now and it’s anticipated that 30 checklists will be available by the end of September 2022. FSSPs will have an opportunity to learn more about how to use these checklists at the 2022 Association of Forensic Quality Assurance Managers (AFQAM) Training Conference in October and 2023 AAFS Annual Scientific Conference in February.
Upcoming Webinars & Short Courses
CSAFE WEBINAR: Tutorial on Likelihood Ratios with Applications in Digital Forensics | September 15, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. – noon CT
To date, digital forensics research has largely focused on extracting and reconstructing information from devices and the cloud. In comparison, there has been relatively little work on statistical methodologies that can be used to analyze such data after this step. In this webinar, the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) will discuss statistical analyses in digital forensics, with a particular focus on likelihood ratios and ideas from Bayesian statistics.
AAFS WEBINAR: An Introduction to ANSI/ASB Standards 119, 120, and 121 – Defining the Analytical Scope and Sensitivity Required for Human Performance and Postmortem Forensic Toxicology | September 28, 2022
This one-hour presentation will introduce the audience to each of these standards, provide background on their development as they moved through first OSAC then ASB, highlight the benefits of each to the field, discuss implementation strategies, and end with a Q&A session. Additional details and registration information will be available on the AAFS website soon!
AAFS WEBINAR: ANSI/ASB Standard 036, Standard Practices for Method Validation in Forensic Toxicology | October 21, 2022 | 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET
Validation is the process of performing a set of experiments that reliably estimates the efficacy, reliability, and reproducibility of an analytical method. The goal of conducting validation experiments is to establish evidence which demonstrates that a method is capable of successfully performing at the level of its intended use and to identify the method's limitations under normal operating conditions.
This AAFS webinar will describe the requirements of ANSI/ASB 036, how to select the right calibration model for your calibration method, a real-world laboratory application of this standard, and how ANSI/ASB 036 aligns with the requirements of accreditation programs in forensic toxicology.
CSAFE SHORT COURSES:
- Machine Learning for Forensic Practitioners (all sessions are from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. CT)
- Session 1: September 1
- Session 2: September 8
- Session 3: September 15
- Statistical Thinking for Forensic Practitioners (all sessions are from 10:00 a.m. – noon CT)
- Session 1: October 14
- Session 2: October 21
- Session 3: October 28
- Session 4: November 4