President's Message
Board of Directors Nominations
Nominations for the Board of Directors are now being accepted and will be voted on by the membership during the business meeting at the upcoming symposium in May 2019 in St. Louis, MO. There will be three (3) vacancies to fill this year. If you are interested in getting more involved in the organization, this is a great way to do so. Please email your nominations to by February 1, 2019.

Briggs-White Award
It is also that time of year to submit nominations for the prestigious Briggs White Award. Briggs White, former Director of the FBI Laboratory, made it possible to bring forensic science laboratories together, helping to solidify the ASCLD organization. The Briggs White Award was established in his honor to recognize a present ASCLD member who has demonstrated managerial excellence in forensic science. Nominations are being accepted and a recommendation from the committee will be forwarded to the Board of Directors. If the Board concurs with the committee’s recommendation, the award plaque will be presented at the Annual Symposium. Information and the application can be found on the ASCLD website .  Please submit nominations through the ASCLD website by February 1, 2019 to be considered at this year’s symposium. If you have any questions, please contact Nominations & Awards committee chair Dr. Scott O’Neill at .

International Forensic Science Managers Symposium
The 19th International Forensic Science Managers Symposium (IFSMS) organizing committee would like to invite ASCLD members to submit e-posters for Interpol’s triennial symposium scheduled for October 7-11, 2019 in Lyon, France. The Symposium brings together forensic science managers from across the globe to hear and discuss advances in forensic sciences during the past three years and their impact on the near future. The symposium provides a unique opportunity for attendees to remain current on the latest forensic technologies and practices, while also facilitating networking with forensic managers from all parts of the world. 
The 19 th  IFSMS, for the first time, will feature e-poster sessions where authors will provide a short 3-4 slide presentation. This format will facilitate interaction between the author and the attendees in an informal and conversational manner. It is anticipated that the e-poster sessions will be held concurrently with breaks and lunch, thus allowing for multiple mini-presentations throughout the week. The theme for this symposium’s e-posters is “ Innovation.”  The organizing committee is seeking e-posters that will serve to supplement the following four thematic sessions:   Wildlife Forensics, Forensic Accounting, Emerging Drugs and Human Trafficking. 
We anticipate that space will be limited to less than 20 e-posters. As a result, we are currently soliciting abstracts relating to the four thematic sessions with an emphasis on innovation. The organizing committee will review all abstract submissions and make final selections by May 30, 2019. All authors selected will be provided detailed information regarding format, length and set-up for the e-posters. Please note that travel and lodging costs are at the expense of the author(s). Registration is free.
If interested in presenting an e-poster at the symposium, please email a one to two paragraph abstract to E-Poster Organizer, Nelson Santos at by March 31, 2019. We encourage you to share this email with other interested colleagues.
President's Corner
Looking Ahead
January 12-13, 2019 - ASCLD Board of Director's Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico

April 10-12, 2019 - Forensic Laboratory Counsel Training - Richmond, Virginia

May 19-23, 2019 - ASCLD Symposium in St. Louis, MO
2019 ASCLD Symposium
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  
Weekly News and Resources
Just Science Podcast
Forensic Advancement: Just Psychological Resiliency
The FTCoE’s Just Science podcast’s fourth episode in the Forensic Advancement season focuses on trauma and how it can affect those working in Forensic Science. Just Psychological Resiliency is an interview of Dr. David Christiansen, a licensed psychologist in the State of Colorado. He discusses what trauma is and how to be aware of its effect on others. Listeners will learn about psychological wellness and how self-awareness can help develop resiliency to the trauma forensic professionals may experience. Check it out HERE .
Community Research and Surveys
Sexual Assault Evidence Kits National Lab Survey
The ASCLD Board is sending this survey to every CODIS DNA lab in the country to find out how many sexual assault kits are currently in labs and what the current turnaround time is to complete analysis and issue a report. Our intent is to do a nation-wide survey so that there can be a clear distinction between the kits at the labs awaiting analysis and the number sitting on LE shelves awaiting submission. We know that as the law enforcement number is further understood, it will have a huge effect on labs. We need to know the current status so we can be prepared to deal with a continued deluge of kits. The need for this information originates from recent US Senate hearings asking for laboratory data. We are working with several government entities and Project FORESIGHT to ensure that the survey is a good one, that it leads to useful data, and that it can be published to help our cause. Click HERE to access the survey.
Laboratory Crime Scene Questionnaire
The Louisiana State Police is requesting information regarding CSI response from laboratories across the country. Click HERE to access the questionnaire.
Will your laboratory be among the 2019 FORESIGHT Maximus award winners? Click HERE to download the LABRAT form and for more information.
ASCLD Leadership Academy

ASCLD is excited to announce registration is NOW OPEN for the 6 th  Annual ASCLD Leadership Academy in Spring 2019!
The ASCLD Leadership Academy is a training program for managerial personnel in forensic science laboratories. It is designed to deliver training of the highest quality at a cost that recognizes the current strained budgets of labs across the US. The Academy is open to ASCLD members and non-members, alike.
The mission of the ASCLD Leadership Academy is to train managers to become LEADERS. Continuing into its 6th year, the ASCLD Leadership Academy will again offer a 100-level course designed specifically for newly appointed supervisors or supervisors who have had little opportunity for previous formal management training and education. The Academy is a blended training model, combining weekly lecture-style webinars with a “Management Lab” at the annual ASCLD symposium where students will participate in hands-on, practical exercises to develop their skills.
CLICK HERE for more information about the 2019 Leadership Academy course, including the course schedule.

To register for the ASCLD Leadership Academy, please visit:
Please note: The ASCLD Leadership Academy is limited to a maximum registration capacity of 50 students in order to maintain effective instructor to student ratios and facilitate the most effective in-person capstone course logistics. Registration requests received after the course has reached capacity may be waitlisted in the event of last minute cancellations.
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 for more information.

Upcoming Conferences
March 31 - April 5, 2019 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
April 19 - 24, 2020 in Tucson, Arizona

A Forensic Laboratory Counsel Training will be held on April 10-12, 2019 in Richmond, Virginia. The purpose of this training is to bring together forensic laboratory counsel from across the country to discuss the numerous contemporary issues confronting their laboratories. Click HERE more details!

Registration Forms must be received by Friday, March 29th.
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 OPIOD 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
CDC Updates

CDC Building Forensic Infrastructure and Providing Grant Funding
As the nation’s public health and prevention agency, CDC is applying its scientific expertise to focus on public health prevention, which begins by increasing our understanding of the epidemic itself and then using that information to pivot to tactical steps to prevent further harms. In particular, CDC has identified five key strategies through which we advance our work to address opioid overdose. Those five strategies include: 1) conducting surveillance and research; 2) building state, local, and tribal capacity; 3) supporting providers, health systems, and payers; 4) partnering with public safety; and 5) empowering consumers to make safe choices. A new funding opportunity called “Overdose Data to Action” was recently forecasted on State health departments, U.S. territories, or their bona fide agents (includes the District of Columbia), Local/county health departments or their bona fide agents may be eligible to apply. The application will be available in early 2019, with an estimated application due date of May 2019 and an estimated project start date of September 2019 Click HERE for application.
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.


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.

Forensic Science Scholarships
In addition to ASCLD's Scholarship opportunity for students studying forensic science, here is a link to a website listing other available scholarships. Some are national, some are regional, and others are demographic-specific forensic science scholarships. Please share this information with prospective students you may know. A link to this site will also soon be added to the ASCLD website.
ASCLD Partnerships
Crime Lab Minute Sponsors
Donate to ASCLD
Donations to ASCLD can now be made online! This is a great way to honor the memory of a forensic colleague, to commemorate a life event for that person who has everything, or to otherwise assist in supporting the tireless efforts of the ASCLD organization in the pursuit of excellence in forensic science management. The donation page can be accessed by clicking HERE or by visiting the ASCLD website and clicking on "Donate to ASCLD" under the "Member Site" tab (this donation page is accessible even to non-members). Please consider donating and do share this information with anyone you think might be interested.
The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors

65 Glen Road, Suite 123
Garner, NC 27529
Phone: 919.773.2044