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NIST, DOJ Form Commission to Develop Guidelines for Forensic Labs

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) have announced the establishment of a National Commission on Forensic Science as part of a new initiative to strengthen and enhance the practice of forensic science.

The National Commission on Forensic Science will be composed of approximately 30 members, bringing together forensic science service practitioners, academic researchers, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges and other relevant stakeholders to develop policy recommendations for the Attorney General. The commission will consider guidance on practices for federal, state and local forensic science laboratories developed by NIST-administered groups of forensic science practitioners and academic researchers.

The commission will have responsibility for developing guidance concerning the intersections between forensic science and the courtroom and developing policy recommendations, including uniform codes for professional responsibility and requirements for training and certification.

Read more in the NIST-DOJ Feb. 15, 2013, news announcement, "Department of Justice and National Institute of Standards and Technology Announce Launch of National Commission on Forensic Science." 

Released February 20, 2013, Updated January 8, 2018