President's Message
Last week I was able to travel to Atlanta to meet with representatives from several states trying to set up a collaborative for toxicology testing. A new group has emerged that I will talk more about during the Symposium this year. This is truly a grassroots initiative to better the practice of forensic science, and I am excited about the goals this new group has for this year. Last weekend I was able to host representatives of the CDC, National Emerging Threat Initiative (NETI) of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), and Bruce Houlihan of the ASCLD Emerging Drug Task Force for a meeting in Idaho. It was a great opportunity to visit about grassroots efforts to build data sharing mechanisms that will benefit forensic science service providers including labs, medical examiner offices, and coroners offices. ASCLD is very interested in grassroots projects that will lead to identification of emerging drug threats and trends. This week in this message, we are soliciting the thought leaders in our organization and those working on grassroots initiatives to submit to the Executive Digest. More information is available in the next paragraph, but we are eager to hear about those things you are working on.   READ MORE...
President's Corner
If there are any concerns or questions regarding the membership applications, please contact Membership Chair Jennifer McNair at jmcnair@utah.gov .
Please click here to review the proposed bylaw changes.
OSAC QIC Impact Assessment Task Group
The ASCLD reps on the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) Quality Infrastructure Committee's (QIC) Impact Assessment Task Group are seeking informal feedback from lab directors to assess the laboratory impact of the following document being considered for inclusion on the OSAC Registry of Standards. This survey should take less than 4 minutes to complete. For further information, and to review each proposed standard, click the appropriate link(s) below. If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Impact Assessment Task Group Chair, Rita C. Dyas @ Rita.Dyas@chandleraz.gov  

Click here  for the link to the QIC survey for proposed standard:  ISO/IEC 17025:2017 - Intent to add to OSAC Registry  This standard would replace ISO/IEC 17025:2005 which is already on the OSAC Registry. 

NOTE: The formal public comment period closes on May 10. 2019, per the NIST OSAC website. The associated QIC survey will also close at that time.   Please participate; your feedback is important. 
NIJ Funding Opportunities
For ASCLD awareness, NIJ has recently posted several “Forthcoming Funding Opportunities”,
located here . Of specific interest to ASCLD, see:

NIJ Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime
Fiscal Year 2019
Click here for the solicitation
Applications Due: May 6, 2019 

NIJ seeks applications for funding of rigorous applied research on evidence-based tools, protocols, and policies for State, tribal, and local law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies that address drug trafficking, drug markets, and drug-related violence. The research focus of this solicitation is criminal investigation, prosecution, drug intelligence, and community surveillance relevant to narcotics law enforcement, forensic science, and/or medicolegal death investigation.

DOJ has identified the FY2019 solicitation drug priorities as: 1) fentanyl and its illicit analogues, 2) methamphetamine, and 3) illegal marijuana markets.

This solicitation is competitive; therefore, NIJ staff cannot have individual conversations with prospective applicants. Any questions concerning the solicitation should be submitted to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service: 1-800-851-3420; TTY at 301-240-6310 (for hearing impaired only); email; fax 301-240-5830; or web chat. See also NIJ.gov's solicitation FAQ page.


Research and Evaluation in Safety, Health, and Wellness
in the Criminal Justice System
Fiscal Year 2019

With this solicitation, NIJ will seek applications for funding of multidisciplinary research projects addressing four topics:

  1. The cumulative effects of shift-work schedules, overtime, and secondary employment on the health, safety, performance, and quality of life of police or correctional officers.
  2. Enhancing strategies for officer interaction with individuals presenting with mental illness.
  3. Understanding the impact and management of stress, burnout, and vicarious trauma to advance resiliency of the forensic science workforce.
  4. The impact of undercover work on officer wellness.

All four topics, in varying degrees, lend themselves to a mixed-method approach involving a combination of the measurement of behavioral, psychological, biological, and physiological responses. Additionally, all four topics lend themselves to multidisciplinary research from behavioral science, neuroscience, operations research, and the social science communities.
 
NIJ Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime
Fiscal Year 2019

NIJ supports rigorous applied research on evidence-based tools, protocols, and policies for State, tribal, and local law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies that address drug trafficking, drug markets, and drug-related violence. This program furthers DOJ’s mission to combat the Nation's opioid epidemic, support prosecutors in their efforts, and reduce violent and other drug-related crime, through research that promotes effective law enforcement, court, and corrections responses to illegal drug markets (including diversion of legal drugs). The research focus of this solicitation is criminal investigation, prosecution, drug intelligence, and community surveillance relevant to narcotics law enforcement, forensic science, and/or medicolegal death investigation. DOJ has identified the FY2019 solicitation drug priorities as: 1) fentanyl and its illicit analogues, 2) methamphetamine, and 3) illegal marijuana markets.
 
Research and Evaluation on the Administration of Justice
Fiscal Year 2019

NIJ will seek applications for funding for investigator-initiated, interdisciplinary research and evaluation projects related to the administration of justice in three areas: (1) eyewitness evidence; (2) police deflection strategies; and (3) forensic science testimony. Applications that fall outside these three priority areas will not be considered. This solicitation aims to strengthen the knowledge base on these three priority areas, and to improve public safety by producing findings with practical implications. It supports the U.S. Department of Justice’s priorities of reducing violent crime and enhancing investigations and prosecutions.
 
Research and Evaluation on Policing
Fiscal Year 2019

With this solicitation, NIJ will seek applications for funding for investigator-initiated, randomized controlled trial (RCT) studies of approaches to the challenges of policing in the United States that address the strategic priorities and objectives identified in NIJ’s Policing Strategic Research Plan, 2017-2022
As usual, all NIJ open solicitations will be posted here .
Looking Ahead
May 17-19 - ASCLD Board of Directors Meeting in St. Louis
2019 ASCLD Symposium
BRING YOUR OWN SLIDES NIGHT IS BACK!
 
H ave a unique problem or a novel solution you’ve encountered in your laboratory? Share it with everyone at the 2 nd  annual Bring Your Own Slides night on Wednesday of the ASCLD Symposium!
 
The Bring Your Own Slides Night is an informal opportunity for crime laboratory leadership to share information through short presentations and Q&A. Each talk should be 5-10 minutes and should cover a novel solution you found at your laboratory or present a problem you are trying to solve. Through relaxed Q&A, crime lab leadership can both learn from and help one another.
 
We need more presenters! If you’d like to present at this year’s Bring Your Own Slides, please email Jeremy Triplett at jeremy.triplett@ky.gov .
 
We hope to see you there!!
ASCLD is pleased to announce that the 2019 ASCLD Symposium website is live!  Come explore the website and watch for upcoming events such as, the exhibitor floor plan launch, agenda development, hotel registration and the opening of the symposium registration.

Visit the 2019 ASCLD Symposium website at  https://www.ascldsymposium.com/  
Weekly News and Resources
Community Research and Surveys
Foresight
Will your laboratory be among the 2019 FORESIGHT Maximus award winners? Click HERE to download the LABRAT form and for more information.
Training
CURRENT TRENDS IN FORENSICS & FORENSIC TOXICOLOGY
MAY 13-17, 2019

Learn Through Live Access to Leaders in their Field!

Experience best practices in forensic toxicology such as sample preparation, method development, and forensic method validation. Learn from dedicated sessions on seized drug and trace analysis. Interact with the experts in a panel discussion at the close of each day. Learn from sponsored presentations introducing new products, services, and educational opportunities and take advantage of the week-long poster session! This online symposium will provide you with ready access to some of today’s leading researchers and practitioners without ever having to leave the laboratory.

Hosted by RTI and ForensicED. For more information, click here .

ANAB - Upcoming training events
visit www.anab.org

June 3-6, 2019, Milwaukee, WI
September 9-12, 2019, Springfield, VA

June 25-28, 2019, Huntington, WV
August 6-9, 2019, Minneapolis, MN
December 9-13, 2019, Mesa, AZ

April 29-May 2, 2019 (11am-1pm ET)
July 22-25, 2019 (11am-1pm ET)

May 1-2, 2019, McLean, VA

April 30-May 2, 2019 (2-4pm ET)
July 23-25, 2019 (2-4pm ET)

August 28-29, 2019, Minneapolis, MN


Train the Director Webinar Series

Due to the overwhelming response to the first season, the FTCoE and ASCLD are pleased to bring you the latest collaborative installment in the Train the Director Webinar Series - Quality Assurance in the Forensic Laboratory This expansive series will highlight five different forensic disciplines: Digital Forensics, Fire Debris Analysis, Trace Analysis, Quality Assurance, and Crime Gun Intelligence. The subject matter experts that will be presenting on these topics are champions in their respective fields and will bring valuable information to the forensic community through their detailed and thorough research. The archived webinars are available by clicking the link above,


Digital Forensics Training

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice provides leadership and assistance to local criminal justice programs that improve and reinforce the nations' criminal justice system. Below is some information on digital forensics training opportunities (both classroom or virtual/online) and resources funded by BJA, including the Law Enforcement Cyber Center, and trainings organized by NW3C. NW3C is the training and technical assistance provider under the BJA Economic, High-Technology, White Collar, and Internet Crime Prevention National TTA Program. BJA has also encouraged online course offerings to save time/costs of travel, and included trainings for prosecutors, too. (Note: some NW3C courses sponsored apart from BJA funding may have a cost).  Click the links below for more information:


International Association for Chemical Testing

This organization has been promoting professionalism in the field of chemical tests for alcohol and other drugs in relation to traffic safety since 1988. The I.A.C.T. is an organization composed primarily of employees of governmental agencies involved in chemical testing in relation to traffic safety. They hold an annual conference at various locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Visit their website at www.iactonline.org for more information.

Upcoming Conferences
March 31 - April 5, 2019 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
April 19 - 24, 2020 in Tucson, Arizona
International Confrerence on Novel Psychoactive Substances

We are pleased to announce that the VI International Conference on Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) will be held on 8th – 9th April 2019 at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. The series, which started in Budapest in 2012, aims to share knowledge and strengthen collaboration on NPS among multidisciplinary professionals at the international level. The conference is jointly organised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), University of Hertfordshire, University of Maastricht. Don’t miss this important international insight into worldwide trends and issues in NPS.
 P lease visit - WWW.NOVELPSYCHOACTIVESUBSTANCES.EU  - for more information.
Forensic Research Committee
The goal of the Laboratories and Educators Alliance Program (LEAP) is to facilitate collaborative research between academia and forensic science laboratories. This joint effort between the American Society of Crime Lab Directors (ASCLD) and the Council of Forensic Science Educators (COFSE) identifies forensic science needs and provides a platform for laboratories, researchers, and students to seek projects aligning with their mutual research capabilities. Read more...
Newly Identified Novels Psychoactive Substances

Recent Additions:
(click drug name for more information)
The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education (CFSRE) at the Fredric Rieders Family Foundation, have received funding from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to develop systems for the early identification and notification of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) in the drug supply in the United States. The goal of the program is the early identification of these substances in seized drug and forensic toxicology casework samples through various high resolution mass spectrometry retrospective data-mining and sample-mining techniques. Information about these programs can be found on our website .
ASCLD's research efforts with respect to the OPIOiD crisis appear in the following article:

Opioid Legislation
Over the past several months, Congress has been developing new legislation aimed at addressing the nation’s opioid epidemic, providing additional funding, and building on the   Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) that became law in 2016. Congressional leaders announced an agreement on   H.R. 6 - the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act .   Continue reading...

Federal Corner
BJA Updates

BJA Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program
BJA is awarding an expected $320 million to jurisdictions under BJA’s Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program (COAP), which provides financial and technical assistance to state, local and tribal jurisdictions to develop and implement efforts to identify, respond to, treat, and support those impacted by the opioid epidemic. Category 6 of this grant is most applicable to forensic science laboratories. Applications should focus on addressing the opioid epidemic (e.g. testing for drugs but not case management systems). Solicitations will be released Feb-March 2019, and can be viewed here .   The report from last year to give you some ideas for application are posted here .

For information on other upcoming BJA solicitations including the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative please see https://www.bja.gov/Publications/fy-2019-solicitations-that-support-law-enforcement.pdf
CDC Updates

CDC Announces Traceable Opioid Material Kits to Improve
Laboratory Detection of Synthetic Opioids
The CDC’s Division of Laboratory Sciences is pleased to announce the availability of the first of two Traceable Opioid Material Kits . The kits will increase the capacity of laboratories in the U.S. to identify current and emerging opioids that are contributing to our nation’s opioid crisis. The Fentanyl Analog Screening (FAS) Kit is available, effective February 1, from Cayman Chemical. CDC anticipates that the second kit, the Opioid CRM Kit, will be available for distribution from Cerilliant Corporation in March 2019. Both kits may be received free of charge. 
·        Can be from any sector — academic, public, or private.
·        Must be located in the United States.
·        Must have current DEA registration .
·        Must comply with respective state and local regulations.
·        Must submit requests directly to the respective vendor.
The kits are available at no charge. Although laboratories may request multiple kits, supplies are limited and requests will be filled based on product availability.  https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/dls/erb_opioid_kits.html
DEA Updates

NFLIS Program for Toxicology and ME/Coroners Expansion

Emerging Trends Program

Reference Materials Program

Real-time Network

Fentanyl Signature Profiling Program

DEA Resources

CBP Program Updates

The US Customs and Border Protection has alerted ASCLD to a monthly phone call about drugs being seen by CBP. As CBP provides a first line of defense for the United States, these calls present early warnings of what might be coming to state and local crime labs. This teleconference is called the Scientific Trends Online Network Exchange (STONE) and is organized through the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) network.

HIDTA Updates

ASCLD is currently forming stronger bonds with the HIDTA and specifically the HIDTA National Emerging Trends Initiative. A meeting is being organized in Cleveland in November to discuss ASCLD/HIDTA partnership on emerging drug data sharing.

USDOT NHTSA Updates

NHTSA has a working group evaluating the existing Recommendations for Toxicological Investigation of Drug-Impaired Driving and Motor Vehicle Fatalities . The working group is going to put out the existing recommendations for public comment and possible federal endorsement, and work on related data collection issues.

Standards Corner


Click HERE to review standards available for comment.

OSAC News
April 2019 OSAC Standards Bulletin now available, click HERE
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