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Fellow MAFS Members,


From my first MAFS meeting in 2005, I knew I wanted to continue attending MAFS meetings for a long time to come. With each year’s meeting, I’m reminded of the way I was welcomed, encouraged and engaged by other meeting attendees. I often think of my forensic career, now spanning 20 years, in two phases; pre-MAFS and post-MAFS! As I look back, it’s no surprise to me that my professional development greatly accelerated in parallel to my involvement with this amazing organization. It’s an absolute honor to serve as your 47th President.

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ATF Fire Debris Training Course Offering - 22-Feb-2019

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will be offering the Advanced Fire Debris Analysis for the Forensic Chemist course Monday, August 19 through Thursday, August 22, 2019.  The class will take place at ATF’s Forensic Science Laboratory-Washington located in Ammendale, Maryland.


This course is designed for analysts with more than three years of experience in conducting fire debris casework. This course will expand upon the topics covered in the ATF’s Introductory Fire Debris Analysis for the Forensic Chemist course, providing additional tools and considerations for fire debris analysis, as well as introducing concepts in fire investigations. The Introductory class is not a prerequisite for the Advanced class.   There is no tuition for the course, but participant’s agency must cover all travel and per diem costs. 


The deadline for submitting an application for the course is May 1, 2019.  Applicant’s will be notified of their status for the class by mid-May.   

Application Link



Workshop Offering - Advanced Paint Analysis - 06-Feb-2019

Advanced Paint Analysis Workshop

Cancelled – Please email the MAFS Training & Education Chair with questions or comments at



International Association for Identification 2019 Conference - Call for Instructors - 29-Jan-2019

The International Association for Identification (IAI) is requesting submissions for posters, presentations and instructor workshops at this year’s conference, scheduled for August 11-17 in Reno, NV.  To schedule a presentation or present a workshop, please visit the IAI’s website at and follow the instructions on how to submit an abstract.



ISO/IEC 17025:2017 Internal Audit Training - 29-Nov-2018

ISO/IEC 17025:2017 Internal Audit Training

Instructor: Provided by ANAB
When: May 7 – 10, 2019 (Tuesday - Thursday 8:00am – 5:00pm, Friday 8:00am – 10:00am)
Where: DuPage County Forensic Science Center in Wheaton, Illinois (Chicago Suburb)
Lodging: SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 4305 Weaver Parkway, Warrenville, IL 60555 ($94/night +tax; be sure to mention MAFS when making reservations or see the link provided through the workshop registration)
Cost: $750 MAFS Member / $800 Non-MAFS Member
Workshop Coordinator: Jill Baker (local contact; and Chris Krug (
Cancellation Date*: April 1, 2019


An integral part of a successful management system is a thoughtful audit program.  An audit program is also essential and required to achieve and maintain accreditation.  During this training, an ANAB instructor provides a detailed review of ISO/IEC 17025 and related quality principles.  Additional discussion on the relevant requirements is included.  Guidance on practices related to ISO 19011 Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems is provided in the course.  Hands-on audit activities are incorporated throughout the course so the participant can immediately begin to leverage the knowledge they gain during the course.  Development and use of checklists is an integral part of the curriculum.  The course is presented over 3.25 days and there is an open book examination on the last day. 

Learning Objectives:

-          Gain specific knowledge, skills and abilities for designing an ISO/IEC 17025 compliant management system and for planning and conducting an internal audit within their own testing laboratory.

-          Develop the knowledge needed to assist a testing laboratory with preparation for an ISO/IEC 17025 assessment.

Course Duration: 3.25 days, Day 1-3: 8:00am to 5:00pm, Day 4: Examination 8:00am to 10:00am

Course Materials: ANAB Course material will be provided to the attendees as a hard copy manual.  A copy of the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard will also be provided for each attendee.

Lunch is not included in registration.


Registration Link:


*Be sure to register by this date.  The workshop will be cancelled if its minimum number of registrants is not met by the cancellation date.  Registration will remain open after the cancellation date if the minimum is met.




ABC Newsletter Available - 29-Nov-2018

The American Board of Criminalistics 2018 Fall Newsletter is available online and may be accessed here.


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2018 MAFS Annual Meeting Information - 26-Feb-2017

The 47th  annual MAFS Fall Meeting will be hosted by the Indiana State Police Laboratory in Indianapolis, IN on September 16th – September 21st, 2018. The meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel – Union Station in downtown Indianapolis.  The room rate is $129/night plus taxes.  

The theme and logo for the 2018 Fall Meeting will be unveiled at the 2017 Fall Meeting in Cincinnati.    

Dates: September 16th – 21th, 2018
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel – Union Station, in Downtown Indianapolis.
Address: 123 W. Louisiana Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225
Hotel Rate:$129/night plus taxes  



2017 Meeting Exhibitor Info - 09-Dec-2016

Details for exhibitor information has now been posted for the MAFS 2017 Fall Meeting!  More information can be found here.



MAFS 2016 Fall Meeting Merchandise - 01-Aug-2016

The MAFS 2016 Fall Meeting planners are offering for sale a polo shirt with a full-colored embroidered MAFS logo.  The polos are 65:35 cotton:polyester and are stone colored.  Polos are available in men’s and women’s styles, sizes for both are XS-3XL.  Prices are $23 each for XS-XL, add $2.00 for 2XL; $3.00 for 3XL) Shipping is an additional $6.  Shirts can be picked up by someone else attending the meeting, you will just need to designate who will be picking your shirt up for you. 







This order form is for purchases by those who will not be attending the meeting.  If you plan to go to the meeting in Branson, you will be able to purchase your shirt when you register for the meeting on CVENT! 



MAFS 2016 Fall Meeting Registration Open - 05-Jul-2016

Registration for the 45th Annual MAFS Fall Meeting is now open!   Please click the link below for details:

Registration Link











MAFS 2016 Fall Meetings Abstracts Added - 06-May-2016

Abstracts for the 2016 MAFS Fall Meeting (Branson, MO) have now been added!


Please click here to access the MAFS 2016 Fall Meeting Homepage



Hosted by The Missouri State Highway Patrol


Abigail Lehman, Program Chair, 573-526-6134 x2529


Amy Peebles, Local Arrangements Chair, 417-868-9400 x4475


Sean Brooks, Workshop Coordinator, 573-526-6134 x2519


Cindy Dierenfeldt and Jared Roop, Exhibitor Coordinators, 417-868-9400 x4449, 573-526-6134 x2547

















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