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NFSTC and ANAB to bring accreditation support to crime laboratories in Central America

NFSTC is teaming up with the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) for a new partnership to expand forensic service accreditation in international settings. This combination of NFSTC’s international business reach and ANAB’s accreditation expertise will bring the best knowledge and practice to laboratories outside the United States.

NFSTC is currently working with crime laboratories and crime scene professionals from Central America to improve practice and expand DNA analysis capabilities through training and consulting. This work, funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), includes Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras. Portions of the work include preparation for accreditation to ISO/IEC 17020 and ISO/IEC 17025, the international standards for bodies performing inspection and for testing and calibration laboratories, respectively.

This new partnership with ANAB will bring top-notch accreditation training, preparations and assessments to these laboratories. ANAB’s training will provide practitioners with thorough knowledge of standards and practice, and produce skilled local auditors who can continue to monitor and assess the laboratories.

Achieving forensic laboratory accreditation involves a significant investment by the communities and professionals involved. Once accredited, the laboratories will be recognized for their quality and serve to improve and lead the way for justice systems in Central America.

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NFSTC to retire DNA laboratory audit program

As of December 31, 2017, NFSTC will no longer provide DNA laboratory auditing services. NFSTC has been the top quality provider of DNA audits for 15 years and we are grateful for our many friends and customers in the DNA community.

Why the change? Over the past several years, NFSTC has experienced growth in many areas of our business, allowing us to provide more high-quality training, consulting and technology support to a wide variety of customers, including the Department of State and international agencies.

The good news is there are more audit providers now than ever before. Check with accrediting bodies and regional providers for the services you need.

If your laboratory is already scheduled for an audit between now and the end of the year, that work will proceed with no changes.  If you have questions or concerns regarding this announcement, please contact us at info@nfstc.org.

As your forensic resource, NFSTC will always keep up to date with DNA news. Follow us on social media or on our website at www.nfstc.org to stay abreast of forensic innovations and news.

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It’s a CSI Sale!

If you’ve been thinking about taking one of our online Crime Scene Investigation Courses – now is the time to act. For the month of September, the Introduction and Intermediate courses will be $99 (reg. $129) each with ‘CSI Sale’ coupon code.

Our Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation course is perfect for new CSIs and first responders, and offers step-by-step guidelines for scene processing and evidence collection.

The Intermediate Crime Scene Investigation course expands skills and knowledge for investigators, students interested in pursuing forensic science, corrections agencies, death investigators, tribal agencies and anyone interested in more advanced evidence collection techniques.

Hundreds of investigators and agencies have taken the CSI courses, as a basis for hands-on training or to further their knowledge and skills.

Each course takes up to 16 hours to complete. A certificate of completion will be issued upon successfully passing the assessment at the end of the course. Questions? Contact us at info@nfstc.org.

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The Forensic Update is out!

This month’s Forensic Update brings you news about chemical testing innovations, scent preservation kits, and the development of a marijuana sobriety test.

Don’t miss a single edition – subscribe to our YouTube channel and join the more than 2,000 viewers who get to see the Forensic Update as soon as it’s published each month.  Get the news on the Update, then head on over to our As Seen on the Forensic Update page for links to all the in-depth information you need.

STEM TEC Record Attendance

For the eighth year, NFSTC hosted students from the Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay STEM TEC program. This year, 44 students were selected to attend the event – a record number.

Five stations were set up covering bio-screening, alternate light source, latent prints, digital forensics, and a CSI: Rocks station. Using tools from their very own CSI kits, the students learned about each topic through hands-on activities and demonstrations. The take home kits were supplied through a grant from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Advisory Board.

The STEM TEC program, developed by Junior Achievement and WorkNet Pinellas, provides career exploration and workplace readiness training to economically disadvantaged students age 14-17 through a four-week summer program and year-round engagements. The program includes employer site visits to gain job awareness and interest in STEM-specific fields.

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