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.
Marc LeBeau, Ph.D., Subcommittee Chair, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Melissa Kennedy, Subcommittee Vice Chair, Virginia Department of Forensic Science
Fiona Couper, Ph.D., Subcommittee Executive Secretary, Washington State Patrol
Dan Anderson, Los Angeles Department of Coroner
Sabra Botch-Jones, Boston University School of Medicine
Dan Dunsworth, Intoximeters
Kenneth Emil Ferslew, Ph.D., East Tennessee State University
Marilyn Huestis, Ph.D., U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse
Robert Johnson, Ph.D., Tarrant County (Texas) Medical Examiner's Office
Matthew Juhascik, Ph.D., Montgomery County (Ohio) Coroner's Office
Philip Kemp, Ph.D., U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
Laura Liddicoat, Center for Forensic Science Research and Education
Jennifer Limoges, New York State Police
Robert Middleberg, Ph.D., NMS Labs
Madeline Montgomery, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory
Suman Rana, Ph.D., Redwood Toxicology Laboratory
Jeri Ropero-Miller, Ph.D., RTI International
Mark Ruefenacht, Self-Employed
Robert Sears, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division
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
None at this time.
See the Research & Development Needs identified by the Toxicology subcommittee.
- Under Development (still being written/edited/revised within OSAC)
- Standard for Uncertainty of Measurement in Forensic Toxicology
- Standard for Mass Spectrometry Data Evaluation in Forensic Toxicology
- Standard for Minimum Testing Requirements in Forensic Toxicology
- Standard for Identification Criteria in Forensic Toxicology
- Standard for Breath Alcohol Instrument Specifications
- Standard for Alcohol Calculations in Forensic Toxicology
- Work Product Sent to SDO (OSAC wrote/edited/revised document and introduced to SDO for development)
- Standard Practices for Measurement Traceability in Forensic Toxicology
- Standard Practices for Method Validation in Forensic Toxicology
- Standard Practices for a Quality Control Program in Forensic Toxicology Laboratories
- Standard for Report Content in Forensic Toxicology
- Guidelines for Opinions and Testimony in Forensic Toxicology
- Standard for Breath Alcohol Measuring Instrument Calibration
- SDO Published (the SDO published the document and is posted on the SDO's website)
- None at this time.
- Entered OSAC Registry Approval Process (document is being evaluated for placement on the OSAC Registry)
- None at this time.
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.
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