President's Message
Our greatest sympathy goes out to the family of forensic science pioneer Dr. Ranajit Chakraborty. Dr. Chakraborty passed away last week at the age of 72.  More information about Dr. Chakraborty is available HERE .

This week the focus of my President’s message is on our international efforts. Thank you to ASCLD Board members Erin Forry and Christian Westring and many ASCLD members for their efforts on these initiatives! The Standards and Accreditation Initiatives Committee has been very active. The United States Technical Advisory Group (US TAG) to ISO TC 272 met at the Phoenix Police Department on September 20-21. The group reviewed comments from the US TAG membership organizations in relation to standards on analysis, interpretation, reporting. The group also reviewed a standards related to minimizing contamination in consumables that are not used in DNA analysis. READ MORE...
President's Corner
IFSA Meeting, EAFS 2018, Lyon France
From Left to Right: Susan Hitchin, Kermit Channell, John Doherty, Michael Bovens, Erkki Sippola, Paul Ludick, Justice Tettey, Angeline Yap, and Christian Westring (PC).
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  
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
The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) is recruiting for an At-Large Director to serve on the Board of Directors (BoD). The candidate is voted in by the BoD for a three year term. This 3 year term will expire at the conclusion of the February 2021 ABC board meeting. Click Here for more information.
Newly Identified Novels Psychoactive Substances

Recent Additions:
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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:

Standards Corner
One new standard for inclusion on the  OSAC Registry. OSAC Standards Bulletin, August 2018 Now Available
We have been notified by ISO and ANSI that a second Forensic Science Standard has been published.

This is ISO 21043-2 Forensic Sciences Recognition, recording, collecting, transport and storage of items. 21043-1 was previously published.

Many of you contributed to developing these standards - THANK YOU!
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.

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Donate to ASCLD!
New on the ASCLD website - 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.
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