NIST is working to strengthen forensic practice through research and improved standards. Their efforts involve three key components: science, policy, and practice. Find articles, projects, programs, and data sets.
This website is a reliable, easily accessible resource for non-scientists that covers the core concepts, capabilities, and limitations of key forensic science disciplines. Its audience is police officers, corrections officials, officers of the court, and the general public.
The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a multidisciplinary professional organization that provides leadership to advance science and its application to the legal system. The objectives of the Academy are to promote professionalism, integrity, competency, education, foster research, improve practice, and encourage collaboration in the forensic sciences.
The ACSR is the outcome of the need for an organization that would encompass an understanding of the whole crime scene and the necessity of reconstructing that scene in order to better understand the elements of the crime and to recognize and preserve evidence, gain explicit knowledge of the series of events that surround the commission of a crime using deductive and inductive reasoning, physical evidence, scientific methods, and their interrelationships.
The National Association of Medical Examiners is the national professional organization of physician medical examiners, medicolegal death investigators and death investigation system administrators who perform the official duties of the medicolegal investigation of deaths of public interest in the United States.
The Society of Forensic Toxicologists, Inc. is an organization composed of practicing forensic toxicologists and those interested in the discipline for the purpose of promoting and developing forensic toxicology.
The American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) is a voluntary national, not-for-profit, independent professional certification board that has been established to promote the highest standards of practice for medicolegal death investigators.
The Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE) is an international professional organization for practitioners of firearm and/or toolmark identification and has been dedicated to the exchange of information, methods and best practices, and the furtherance of research.
A2LA is dedicated to the formal recognition of competent testing and calibration laboratories (including medical laboratories), biobanking facilities, inspection bodies, product certification bodies, proficiency testing providers, and reference material producers.
The Association of Forensic Quality Assurance Managers promotes standardized practices and professionalism in quality assurance management for the forensic community. Its vision is to support and enhance quality assurance practices to provide the criminal justice system with the highest quality of laboratory results and service.
The American Society of Criminology is an international organization whose members pursue scholarly, scientific, and professional knowledge concerning the measurement, etiology, consequences, prevention, control, and treatment of crime and delinquency.