President's Message
Two updates for today. Both are critical! First, the ASCLD National Outreach Priorities Agenda and 2018-2019 Strategic Plan have been published by the ASCLD Board. Second, the federal corner series continues with an update on initiatives from the CDC. The strategic plan work started immediately with the new Board this year and we are excited to follow it. If you want to get an idea of what the organization is going to do this year and what we will focus on, these two documents will give you an indication. These have been published on the ASCLD website. I also recommend carefully reading the CDC section. The CDC has entered into the forensics market in a big way, and millions of dollars of grant funding have already been released to forensic science service providers. I recently returned from the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) meeting in West Palm Beach, Florida. I took the greetings of ASCLD to our colleagues at NAME and we continue to work collaboratively to help our medical examiner and pathology members. We had many meetings with the CDC where we talked about collection and use of toxicology data, grant funding for forensic providers, and staffing needs for forensic pathologists. READ MORE...
President's Corner
Click HERE to view the video from the president's message.
Looking Ahead
November 16, 2018 - ASCLD Board of Directors Meeting (conference call)

November 19-23, 2018 - ISO TC 272 meeting in Mexico City, Mexico

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! Abstract submissions (located under agenda on the website) are now being accepted until November 2, 2018. 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  
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.
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...
Weekly News and Resources
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...

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.
Federal Corner
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.

CDC Updates

A priority for me this year has been to establish a strong bond with the CDC. A great deal of federal funding is available to crime labs and medical examiners through CDC programs. In addition, the CDC is interested in working closely with ASCLD regarding data collection and sharing that will inform policy makers on morbidity and mortality data in the United States.  READ MORE...
Standards Corner

Click HERE to review standards available for comment.
One new standard for inclusion on the  OSAC Registry. OSAC Standards Bulletin, October 2018 Now Available
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 proposed standard(s) 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 @
Click below for the link to the QIC survey for proposed standard:

NOTE: Access to this proposed standard and the formal public comment period closes on November 11th. The associated QIC survey will also close at that time.   Please participate; your feedback is important.
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
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