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.

National Institute of Standards and Technology

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.


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.


Upcoming Webinars

Free Standards Training

Implementation of ANSI/ASB 032 An Accredited Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Section


A bloodstain pattern analyst training program is necessary to ensure the competency and quality of the work product. This standard was drafted to provide guidance to forensic service providers providing bloodstain pattern analysis services for the establishment and maintenance of such a program.
The goal of this program is to assist in the development or enhancement of a bloodstain training program that will enrich the skillset, knowledge and abilities of the bloodstain pattern analyst and their abilities to analyze bloodstains and bloodstain patterns at crime scenes and on physical evidence.


Celestina Rossi, Sergeant
Bloodstain Pattern Analyst, Technical Leader
CID - Crime Laboratory
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office


Free Standards Training

ANSI/ASB Standard 054 Standard for a Quality Control Program in Forensic Toxicology Laboratories

August 22, 2023 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

Calling all control freaks!!
Quality control provides assurance that analytical methods are continuously fit for purpose. This half day webinar will review the requirements of ANSI/ASB Standard 054 Standard for a Quality Control Program in Forensic Toxicology Laboratories and provide real world examples of how labs have implemented the standard into their testing programs.

1:00 – 1:05 Welcome/Introduction – Jennifer Limoges
1:05 – 1:45 Quality Control Materials – Robert Middleberg
1:45 – 2:30 Calibration/Control Requirements and Other Evaluations – Ruth Winecker
2:30 – 2:45 Break
2:45 – 3:15 Standard Addition – Joe Kahl
3:15 – 3:45 Review/Monitoring – Sue Pearring
3:45 – 4:00 Q&A - Jennifer Limoges (Facilitator)


Robert Middleberg, PhD
Laboratory Director, Sr VP Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs
NMS Labs

Ruth Winecker, PhD
Senior Research Forensic Scientist
RTI International

Sue Pearring, MS
Quality Manager
San Francisco Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

Joe Kahl, MS
Toxicologist 3 – Quant Section Supervisor
Miami-Dade Medical Examiner Department

Jennifer Limoges, MS
Associate Director of Forensic Science/Toxicology


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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.