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NIST DNA Analyst Webinar Series: Validation Concepts and Resources – Part 1

NIST will host a series of free webinars focused on topics of interest to DNA analysts. This four-hour webinar will be held on August 6, 2014, from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm (EDT), and will focus on validation concepts and NIST software tools to assist in the validation process.

The webinar is available for playback for six months on this page >>



Please see Agenda >>.

Over the last several years, science and industry has continued to provide improved technologies capable of testing more challenging DNA samples. New quantification kits, STR multiplexes, instruments for CE separation, and an increasing number of available software programs for interpreting complex mixtures are now available. These new technologies must be tested and validated before they can be reliably used in a forensic laboratory.


The purpose of this webinar is to provide an introductory overview of the basic concepts of validation along with an overview of NIST software tools available for the laboratory.  


Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about: 

  • Basic concepts of validation and questions to ask
  • Techniques for conducting validation tests
  • What considerations to take into account when analyzing data from new technologies 
  • An overview of software tools from NIST to assist in the validation process


Workshop attendees are anticipated to be forensic scientists, DNA experts, researchers, measurement science experts, statisticians, and industry representatives.

Related Work:

Validation Information to Aid Forensic DNA Laboratories

Robin Cotton, Boston University
John Butler, NIST
Mark Timken, California Department of Justice
Catherine Grgicak, Boston University
Becky Hill, NIST

Created July 11, 2014, Updated July 23, 2020