The 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.
Melissa Kennedy, Subcommittee Chair, Virginia Department of Forensic Science
Vacant, Subcommittee Vice Chair
Vacant, Subcommittee Executive Secretary
Wendy Rae Adams, NMS Labs
Dan Anderson, Colorado Bureau of Investigation
Amanda M. Black, Washington State Patrol Toxicology Laboratory Division
Dan Dunsworth, Intoximeters, Inc.
Kenneth Emil Ferslew, Ph.D., East Tennessee State University
Lisa Fondren, Fondren Forensics
Marilyn Huestis, Ph.D., Self-Employed
Robert Johnson, Ph.D., Tarrant County (Texas) Medical Examiner's Office
Matthew Juhascik, Ph.D., Montgomery County (Ohio) Coroner's Office
Scott J. Larson, Montana State Crime Laboratory
Marc LeBeau, Ph.D., U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Laura Liddicoat, Center for Forensic Science Research and Education
Madeline Montgomery, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory
Suman Rana, Ph.D., Redwood Toxicology Laboratory
Mark Ruefenacht, Self-Employed
Madeleine J. Swortwood, Sam Houston State University
Rebecca Wagner, Virginia Department of Forensic Science
Ruth Ellen Winecker, Ph.D., North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
Dustin Tate Yeatman, Palm Beach County (Florida) Sheriff's Office Crime Laboratory
- Under Development:
- Standard Practices for Measurement Uncertainty in Forensic Toxicology
- Standard for Breath Alcohol Instrument Specifications
- Quality Assurance Management Systems in Forensic Toxicology Laboratories
- Standard Practices for Proficiency Testing of Forensic Toxicology Laboratories
- Guidelines for Specimen Collection and Preservation in Forensic Toxicology
- Standard Practice for the Content of Forensic Toxicology Standard Operating Procedures
- Standard Method for Blood Ethanol Identification and Quantitation in Forensic Toxicology Laboratories
- Guidelines for Alcohol Calculations in Forensic Toxicology
- Taxonomy Guidelines in Forensic Toxicology
- Work Product Sent to SDO:
- ASB 036, Standard Practices for Method Validation in Forensic Toxicology
- ASB 053, Standard for Report Content in Forensic Toxicology
- ASB 054, Standard for a Quality Control Program in Forensic Toxicology Laboratories
- ASB 055, Standard for Breath Alcohol Measuring Instrument Calibration
- ASB 098, Standard for Mass Spectral Data Acceptance in Forensic Toxicology
- ASB 113, Standard for Identification Criteria in Forensic Toxicology
- ASB 119, Standard for the Analytical Scope and Sensitivity of Forensic Toxicology Testing for Medicolegal Death Investigations
- ASB 120, Standard for the Analytical Scope and Sensitivity of Forensic Toxicology Testing in Impaired Driving Investigations
- ASB 121, Standard for the Analytical Scope and Sensitivity of Forensic Toxicology Urine Testing in Drug-Facilitated Crime Investigations
- SDO Published:
- Entered OSAC Registry Approval Process:
See the Research & Development Needs identified by the Toxicology subcommittee.
The Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) has provided the opportunity for OSAC Subcommittees to identify baseline documents and reference materials that best reflect the current state of the practice within their respective disciplines.
These documents contain practical information regarding these disciplines that can help forensic scientists, judges, lawyers, researchers, other interested parties and the general public, to better understand the nature, scope, and foundations of the individual disciplines as they are currently practiced.
It is important to note that the identification of these documents in this venue does not represent an endorsement by OSAC or NIST. Only documents that are posted on the OSAC Registries constitute OSAC endorsement. All copyrights for these documents are reserved by their owners. Subcommittee position statements or responses to data collections by the subcommittee represent the consensus opinion of the subcommittee, not necessarily the position of the entire OSAC organization or NIST.
- Primer on Forensic Toxicology
- Scientific Working Group for Forensic Toxicology (SWGTOX) Standard for Laboratory Personnel
- Scientific Working Group for Forensic Toxicology (SWGTOX) Standard for Breath Alcohol Personnel
- 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