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1999 Survey of Forensic Standard Reference Materials



Alim A. Fatah


A survey was conducted to assess the reference materials and collections that were available in forensic laboratories to determine which were not available and in greatest demand. This report presents the results of that survey. The survey included laboratories from every region of the United States. The laboratories surveyed ranged in size and the services provided, from small, single-service drug analysis facilities to full-service labs. More than half were state crime laboratories. The majority of the laboratories surveyed were accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Director's Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB). The survey found widespread support among laboratory directors for the creation of a national repository for standard reference materials and standard reference collections.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6518
Report Number


crime, forensic, forensic status and needs, laboratories, national crime labs, standard reference collections, survey


Fatah, A. (2000), 1999 Survey of Forensic Standard Reference Materials, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed May 18, 2024)


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Created September 13, 2000, Updated October 16, 2008