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Standards Resources and Training

A cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provides funds to AAFS to develop training, tools, and resources to enhance implementation efforts and broaden awareness of forensic science standards among communities of interest.

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Training will address technical aspects of the standards as well as challenges, practical solutions, and benefits of adoption. Resources, including auditing checklists for compliance monitoring and gap analysis, will also be developed, as well as Factsheets, understandable to the lay person. Through the cooperative agreement, the Academy plans significant outreach efforts and engagement with other professional organizations, multiple Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs), certifying bodies, accrediting bodies, forensic service providers, and others.

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Standard Factsheets

Factsheets provide a concise summary of each standard and facilitate broader understanding, they also highlight the purpose of a standard, why it is needed, and the benefits of adoption.

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Standard Checklists

Checklists provide a tool to allow a forensic science service provider to evaluate the level of standard implementation and/or audit conformance to a standard.  Each checklist, provided in Excel, uses a standardized format that also allows flexibility when used.

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Forensic Standards

Webinars

An Introduction to ANSI/ASB Standards 119, 120, and 121

September 28, 2022
12:00 - 1:00 PM (ET)

This webinar has concluded and will be available on AAFS Connect in the coming weeks. 

Three standards recently published by American Academy of Forensic Sciences Academy Standards Board (ASB) set the minimum requirements for scope and analytical sensitivity for both human performance and postmortem forensic toxicology casework.  ANSI/ASB 120 and 121 build from, and standardize, previously published work concerning recommended scope and sensitivity for DUID and DFC cases. ANSI/ASB 119 is novel and standardizes the minimum requirements for postmortem casework.  

ANSI/ASB Standard 036: Standard Practices for Method Validation in Forensic Toxicology

October 21, 2022
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (ET)

Validation is the process of performing a set of experiments that reliably estimates the efficacy, reliability, and reproducibility of an analytical method. The goal of conducting validation experiments is to establish evidence which demonstrates that a method is capable of successfully performing at the level of its intended use and to identify the method's limitations under normal operating conditions.  

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The Academy Standards Board develops consensus based forensic science standards within an American National Standards Institute accredited framework, and provides training to support those standards.