Test and Evaluation

NFSTC@FIU  works with manufacturers and developers to establish testing criteria, then performs all testing and provides complete reporting.

Objective analysis

collage of NFSTC staff and equipment in the lab

Developers of new forensic devices and instruments come to us for efficient and honest evaluations; our results are thorough and trusted. Not what you’re looking for? Ask for more info.

New products, new uses

Does a new instrument work as intended?  Can an older instrument be applied to forensics in a new way?  To fully evaluate a given technology, NFSTC@FIU assesses performance in conformity, reproducibility, sensitivity, specificity, maintenance, portability and sample use. Also evaluated are user-experience items like controls, screen readability, weight and packaging. User manuals and troubleshooting instructions can be evaluated and end-users surveyed to provide a complete picture of how a piece of technology will work in the field or could be improved.

NFSTC Forensic Biologist Robert O'Brien standing in front of his poster presentation at AAFS in 2009

Results of many NFSTC evaluations of DNA, instrumentation and crime scene investigation technology have been presented as scientific posters and evaluation reports.

Materials to support your tech

Your product support can also include end-user materials and training. NFSTC@FIU has in-house instructional designers and technical writers, and can provide training design, delivery, and user documentation for any piece of equipment. Our complete, end-to-end service can improve product development, documentation and the end-user experience. Contact as at nfstc-sales@fiu.edu to learn more about how our T&E services can strengthen your products.

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We are a trusted partner for the CBRNE Tech Index, to increase access to accurate and unbiased information about detection technology, allowing forensic agencies and investigators a way to compare and find tools that will best suit their needs. www.cbrnetechindex.com

NOTE:  NFSTC’s technology evaluations are objective assessments and are not to be construed or used as endorsement, recommendation or approval of the technology. All equipment model numbers, specifications and prices were current at the time of the evaluation and are subject to change without notice or revision.