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Human Forensic Biology Subcommittee

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The Human Forensic Biology Subcommittee focuses on standards and guidelines related to training, method development and validation, data analysis, interpretation, statistical analysis, reporting and testimony for human forensic serological and DNA testing.

Officers | Members | Standards | Discipline-Specific Baseline Documents | Research & Development Needs | Presentations

 

 

Officers

Beth Ordeman, Subcommittee Chair, Pinellas County Forensic Laboratory

Brian Higgins, Subcommittee Vice Chair, Defense Forensic Science Center (including USACIL)

Kristin Schelling, Subcommittee Executive Secretary, Michigan State Police

Members

Brian Adams, Bode Technology

Jason Bundy, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (Quality Representative)

Lynne Burley, Santa Clara County Crime Laboratory

Amber Carr, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Michael Coble, Ph.D., University of North Texas Health Science Center

Jerrilyn Conway, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Phillip Danielson, University of Delaware

Julie French, ANDE Corporation

Jennifer Friedman, Federal Defender Central District of California (Legal Representative)

Simone Gittelson, District of Columbia Department of Forensic Sciences (Statistics Representative)

Debra Glidewell, Defense Forensic Science Center (including USACIL)

Ann Marie Gross, MN BCA Forensic Science Laboratory

Kristy Kadash, Jefferson County Regional Crime Laboratory

Tim Kalafut, Sam Houston State University

Marla Kaplan, Oregon State Police

Rebekah Kay, Utah Bureau of Forensic Services

Melissa Kotkin, Verogen

Eugene Lien, New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner

Michael Marciano, Syracuse University

Bruce McCord, Florida International University

Andrew McWhorter, Texas Department of Public Safety

Steven Myers, California Department of Justice Bureau of Forensic Services

Christopher Piwonka, Texas Department of Public Safety

Nadja Schreiber Compo, Florida International University (Human Factors Representative)

Christie Smith, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Janel Smith, Phoenix Police Department

Melissa Suddeth, Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Susan Walsh, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Steven Weitz, Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives

Brian Young, Niche Vision Forensics

Standards

Tier 1: On the OSAC Registry

Tier 2: Published by a Standards Developing Organization (SDO)

Tier 3: Sent to an SDO

Tier 4: Under Development

  • Best Practice Recommendations for Management and Use of Quality Assurance DNA Elimination Databases in Forensic DNA Laboratories.
  • Standard for Interpreting and Reporting DNA Test Results Associated with Failed Controls and Contamination Events.
  • Standard for Setting Analytical and Stochastic Thresholds for Application to Forensic Casework Using Electrophoretic Systems.
  • Best Practice Recommendations for Forensic DNA Testimony.
  • Forensic Autosomal STR DNA Statistical Analyses - General Protocol. 
  • Standards for Validation and Implementation of Familial Searching for Forensic Purposes. 
  • Standard for the Internal Validation of DNA Extraction Methods.
  • Best Practice Recommendations for the Internal Validation of DNA Extraction Methods.
  • Standard for the Internal Validation of Human DNA Quantification.
  • Best Practice Recommendations for the Internal Validation of Human DNA Quantification.
  • Standard for the Internal Validation of Automated Platforms.
  • Best Practice Recommendations for the Internal Validation of Automated Platforms.
  • Best Practice Workflows for Efficient Sampling and Direct to DNA of Sexual Assault Kits.
  • Standard for Training in Forensic Sequencing Methods (Massively Parallel Sequencing/Next Generation Sequencing).
  • Standard for the Analytical Procedures and Report Writing of Forensic Serological Methods.

Discipline-Specific Baseline Documents

  • None currently.

Research & Development Needs

Presentations

  • None currently.

In general, the development of standards and guidelines is transitioning from the Scientific Working Groups (SWGs) to the OSAC. Some SWGs will continue to operate to provide other resources within their discipline. The existing SWG documents will remain in effect until updated documents are disseminated by the OSAC or the SWG. SWGDAM will retain the responsibility for updating the FBI DNA Quality Assurance Standards.

– Forensic Science Standards Board: March 2015

Created August 28, 2020, Updated December 10, 2020