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Forensic Toxicology Subcommittee

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The Forensic Toxicology Subcommittee focuses on standards and guidelines related to the analysis of biological samples for alcohol, drugs, or poisons, and the interpretation of these results.  

Officers Members | Standards | Other Work Products



Robert Johnson, Subcommittee Chair, Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office

Rebecca Wagner, Subcommittee Vice Chair, Virginia Department of Forensic Science

Madeline Swortwood, Subcommittee Executive Secretary, Sam Houston State University


Wendy Ray Adams, NMS Labs

Dan Anderson, NMS Labs

Sheila Arnold, Indiana State Department of Toxicology

Amanda Black, Washington State Patrol Toxicology Laboratory Division (Quality Task Group member)

Alanna De Korompay, San Diego Sheriff's Regional Crime Laboratory

Lisa Fondren, Fondren Forensics

Megan Grabenauer, RTI International

Curt Harper, Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences

Matthew Juhascik, Montogomery County Coroner's Office/Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory

Scott Larson, Montana Forensic Science Division

Dani Mata, Orange County Crime Laboratory

Cedric Neumann, South Dakota State University (Statistics Task Group member)



Sue Pearring, San Francisco Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

Christopher Plourd, State of California (Legal Task Group member)

Sara Schreiber, Milwaukee County Medical Examiner

Pate Skene, Duke University (Human Factors Task Group member)

Samantha Tolliver, DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

Jarrad Wagner, Oklahoma State University

Samera Zavaro, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Crime Laboratory


Published by a Standards Developing Organization (SDO)

Sent to an SDO 

  • Standard for Breath Alcohol Measuring Instrument Calibration.
  • Standard for Mass Spectral Data Acceptance in Forensic Toxicology.
  • Standard for Identification Criteria in Forensic Toxicology.
  • Guidelines for Specimen Collection and Preservation in Forensic Toxicology.

Under Development

  • OSAC 2020-S-0003, Guidelines for Performing Alcohol Calculations in Forensic Toxicology (draft OSAC Proposed Standard).
  • OSAC 2021-N-0026, Standard for Education and Training of Forensic Toxicology Personnel.
  • OSAC 2021-S-0004, Standard for Estimation of Measurement Uncertainty of Quantitative Measurements in Forensic Toxicology.
  • Standard for Proficiency Testing of Forensic Toxicology Laboratories. 
  • Standard for Breath Alcohol Instrument Specifications.
  • Standard Method for Blood Ethanol Identification and Quantitation in Forensic Toxicology Laboratories.
  • Standard for Quality Assurance Management Systems in Forensic Toxicology Laboratories.
  • Standard for Training Programs within a Forensic Toxicology Laboratory. 

Other Work Products

Research & Development Needs

Standards Development Maps

Discipline-Specific Bibliographies and Bibliographic References

These documents may contain information to help forensic scientists, judges, lawyers, researchers, and other readers better understand the nature, scope, and foundations of the individual disciplines as currently practiced. The identification of these documents does not represent an endorsement by OSAC or NIST. Only standards that are posted on the OSAC Registry and Technical Guidance documents, are endorsed by OSAC. The referenced documents may be subject to copyright. Note: Subcommittee position statements or responses to data collections by the subcommittee do not necessarily represent the position of OSAC or NIST.

Created June 27, 2014, Updated December 1, 2021