President's Message
Last week we had another extremely productive ASCLD Board meeting. We met with representatives of NIJ and the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) regarding their initiatives in 2019. The FTCoE is a cooperative agreement funded by NIJ under which Research Triangle Institute (RTI) fosters the transition of research into practice in forensic science organizations in the United States. The cooperative agreement includes three main areas of emphasis: advancing technology, sharing knowledge, and addressing challenges. FTCoE typically manages 40-50 projects per year under a plan jointly developed by NIJ and RTI. ASCLD is extremely excited about a number of areas where the ASCLD strategic plan intersects with FTCoE initiatives. ASCLD has already started planning a number of new webinars in conjunction with FTCoE. We plan to host a full-day rapid DNA DVI workshop at the ASCLD symposium this year with assistance from FTCoE. We also plan to continue working with the FTCoE on projects such as trauma and stress in the workplace, sexual assault kit tracking, and accreditation of laboratories. ASCLD also appreciates the work of RTI to host and facilitate the FLN-TWG meetings that benefit the community by crime laboratory leaders discussing the most critical needs of practitioners. READ MORE...
Looking Ahead
December 13-14, 2018 - ACMT Seminar in Forensic Toxicology.

December 21, 2018 - ASCLD Board meeting (conference call)

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
Community Research and Surveys
Will your laboratory be among the 2019 FORESIGHT Maximus award winners? Click HERE to download the LABRAT form and for more information.
Employee Qualifications Survey
The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education has asked ASCLD to help them solicit feedback from our membership. The ASCLD Board has agreed to include the link to the survey in the CLM. The information will be used by the Center for research purposes, but will also be provided back to the Board for ASCLD use. The following link is for a survey designed to solicit feedback regarding the qualifications currently sought by laboratory systems for new hires in various forensic disciplines. Your responses to the following questions will provide insight for forensic science educational programs and will continue the relationship between academia and practitioners. They survey should take you approximately 10 minutes to complete. We thank you in advance for your feedback. To complete the survey CLICK HERE .
Footwear Black Box Study — Volunteers Needed!
The FBI Laboratory, with Ideal Innovations and Noblis, is conducting a “black box” study evaluating the accuracy and reliability of forensic footwear examiners. Participation in the studies is open to all examiners who perform footwear comparisons in operational casework. Participation will be anonymous. We will begin testing examiners for both studies in late 2018. If interested, please contact .

CLICK HERE for more information.

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!
Due to the success of the 2017 ACMT Seminar in Forensic Toxicology, we are repeating it in Dallas, TX from December 13-14, 2018!
Please share this email with:  physicians, pharmacists, toxicologists, analytic chemists, nurses, scientists, social workers, attorneys, law enforcement, and public health specialists
This seminar will focus on the forensic and medical-legal aspects of opioid use, abuse, prescribing, and addiction by presenting real cases encountered by medical toxicology experts. The seminar will be tailored to the interests of physicians and other scientists involved in numerous disciplines, including medical toxicology, forensic & laboratory medicine, addiction medicine, and the legal community. Click HERE for the Agenda.
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
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
Medicolegal Death Investigation (MDI) Federal Interagency working group (MDI-WG)

The MDI-WG recently developed a OJP/HHS Federal MDI Working Group Public Resource webpage for medical examiners, coroners, and death investigators that we want to share with ASCLD. This Resource webpage will serve as a consolidated source for information and links for current Federal programs and grant-funding opportunities that support medicolegal death investigation (MDI). These resources serve to advance both public safety and public health initiatives, including resources to address the opioid crisis.  We hope this webpage will be a useful and informative tool for the community, and we plan to update this webpage as new information becomes available. A link to this MDI-WG Resource webpage is also located on the OJP Resources website:

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.

Standards currently available for comment:

Re-Circulation* –  ASB Standard 011, Scope of Expertise in Forensic Document Examination, First Edition  (Comment Deadline, December 10, 2018)

One new standard for inclusion on the  OSAC Registry. OSAC Standards Bulletin, October 2018 Now Available
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

Please find pending legislation regarding the opioid crisis. This is NOT an appropriation of funding and these bills are only the ones that have passed one body of the Congress as of June 22, 2018. The Congress intends to roll many of these bills into a single Opioid Bill that will move forward.
These research reports have been submitted by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) especially for their relevance to crime laboratory activities. ASCLD has not reviewed nor does it necessarily endorse the findings of this research.

Crime Lab Minute Sponsors
The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors

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