Feedback Requested: Help Strengthen Forensic Science

The 8th meeting of the National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS), in partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, was held December 7-8, 2015. The free and open Federal Advisory Committee meeting was held to present work products, and was streamed live online. Now, the NCFS is asking forensic science stakeholders across the nation to provide feedback on those work products.

The meeting's agenda included the introduction or re-introduction of a draft work products for public comment, including:

  • A document on using the term "Reasonable Degree of Scientific Certainty";
  • Views document on establishing the foundational literature within the forensic science disciplines;
  • Directive recommendation on post-doctoral projects to facilitate translation of research into forensic science practice;
  • Directive recommendation on the national code of professional responsibility;
  • Directive recommendation on accessibility of quality management system documents;
  • Views document on proficiency testing in forensic science; and
  • Views document on critical steps to accreditation.

The meeting can be viewed online here.

The draft recommendations discussed at the meeting are open for comment on Comments are due by December 22, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.

Source: NIJ

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