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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

 

Officers

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

Dustin Yeatman, Subcommittee Vice Chair, Palm Beach County (Florida) Sheriff's Office 

Madeline Montgomery, Subcommittee Executive Secretary, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Members

Wendy Ray Adams, NMS Labs

Sheila Arnold, Indiana State Department of Toxicology

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

Kenneth Ferslew, Ph.D., East Tennessee State University

Lisa Fondren, Fondren Forensics

Madeleine Gates, Sam Houston State University

Curt Harper, Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences

Marilyn Huestis, Ph.D., National Institute on Drug Abuse

Sarah Kerrigan, Ph.D., Sam Houston State University

Scott Larson, Montana Forensic Science Division

Dani Mata, Orange County Crime Laboratory

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

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

Rebecca Wagner, Virginia Department of Forensic Science

Ruth Ellen Winecker, Ph.D., RTI International

Samera Zavaro, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Crime Laboratory

Affiliate and Task Group Participants

Standards

Tier 1: On the OSAC Registry

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

Tier 3: Sent to an SDO 

  • Standard for a Quality Control Program in Forensic Toxicology Laboratories.
  • Standard for Breath Alcohol Measuring Instrument Calibration.
  • Standard for Mass Spectral Data Acceptance in Forensic Toxicology.
  • Standard for Identification Criteria in Forensic Toxicology.
  • Standard for the Analytical Scope and Sensitivity of Forensic Toxicology Testing for Medicolegal Death Investigations.
  • Standard for the Analytical Scope and Sensitivity of Forensic Toxicology Testing in Impaired Driving Investigations.
  • Standard for the Analytical Scope and Sensitivity of Forensic Toxicology Urine Testing in Drug-Facilitated Crime Investigations​​​.
  • Standard Practices for Proficiency Testing of Forensic Toxicology Laboratories.
  • Standard for Minimum Content Requirements of Forensic Toxicology Procedures. 
  • Guidelines for Specimen Collection and Preservation in Forensic Toxicology.

Tier 4: Under Development

  • Standard for Estimation of Measurement Uncertainty of Quantitative Measurements in Forensic Toxicology.
  • Guidelines for Performing Alcohol Calculations in Forensic Toxicology.
  • Standard Method for Blood Ethanol Identification and Quantitation in Forensic Toxicology Laboratories.
  • Standard for Breath Alcohol Instrument Specifications.
  • Standard for Education and Training of Forensic Toxicology Personnel.

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 March 2, 2021