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  • 3 Jul 2024 1:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Click here for an informational flyer for the 2024 Northwest Association of Forensic Scientists (NWAFS) Virtual Annual Conference. 

  • 19 Jun 2024 5:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is performing a research investigation into the exposure of illicit drugs among forensic laboratory workers.  The study aims to measure the unintentional occupational exposure to illicit drugs among public safety workers in forensic laboratories, evaluate the current practices and personal protection equipment utilized, and recommend engineering controls and standard operating procedures to reduce and remove exposures to illicit drugs. Participation is anonymous, voluntary, and is at no cost to the facility.

    NIOSH is seeking volunteers who work in forensic laboratories and regularly handle suspected controlled substances. An informational flyer can be found here. If you have questions or are interested in participating, please contact Jennie Cox directly at or


  • 5 Jun 2024 7:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Click here to register for the 2024 MAFS Annual Fall Meeting.

  • 6 May 2024 10:39 AM | Brian Clemons (Administrator)

    You can find the ABC Spring 2024 newsletter here. If you have any questions regarding the ABC, please reach out to our representative, Danielle Hankinson.

    ABC Newsletter - Spring 2024

  • 3 Apr 2024 10:14 AM | Brian Clemons (Administrator)

    Greetings MAFS Members,

    Are you interested in being more involved with MAFS?  Consider running for one of four open Board of Directors’ offices:

    President – Elect


    Fall Meeting Manager


    The attachment provides a brief description of duties.  For a full description, refer to the Administrative Rules.

    If you or someone you know is interested, please complete the Nomination Form found under the “Resources” tab after you login to the MAFS website ( Forms are due by June 15, 2024.

    I am happy to answer any questions you may have.


    Jill Baker

    MAFS Past President

    Nomination Committee Chair

    P: 630-407-2103

  • 28 Mar 2024 4:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The AFQAM Executive Board is pleased to announce the release of the AFQAM Cooperative Training Program! This training program is designed for those new to forensic quality assurance and will provide a key steppingstone to achieving success in the position and with the responsibilities. The training program was developed by experienced forensic quality assurance experts and is broken up into courses that focus on key topics in quality assurance. The first two courses available are ‘Introduction to ISO’ and ‘Accreditation – What Is It Good For?’.


    The AFQAM Cooperative Training Program is open to everyone, and you do not need to be an AFQAM member to participate. Each course can be purchased individually, and a certificate of completion will be given to the student at the successful completion of the course. The interactive training will keep you engaged, motivated, and eager to learn as you progress through the course.


    This training program is ideal for those new to quality assurance or interested in quality assurance such as new Quality Manager’s, Technical Leader’s, new hires, or other roles that assist with quality assurance in the laboratory. Whether you are simply seeking to learn more about what the job entails, or seeking tools to help you succeed in your job, this is for you!


    To review the available courses and register please follow this link:


    Additional courses will be released in the near future.


    For questions, please email

  • 19 Mar 2024 2:17 PM | Brian Clemons (Administrator)

    Dates: 05/07/2024 - 05/09/2024

    Location: Marriott at University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio

    Abstract: This 3-day spring workshop will teach attendees how to build and maintain a positive team culture. Through a series of lectures and hands-on activities, they will learn how previous leadership lessons (ie, communication, motivation, growth mindset, followership) contributes to the workplace. The class includes a Ted Lasso Leadership section, The Happy Class, Recognizing a Positive Team and Teambuilding to build a positive team culture. Attendance at previous MAFS Leadership workshops is not necessary, however, content is aimed at employees who are or want to be leaders within their workplace.

    Registration: $450 for members and $550 for non-members


    Contact: Brooke Ehlers,

  • 11 Dec 2023 10:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    138th CAC Seminar

    Spring 2024

    Date: April 15-19, 2024

    Location: Millennium Biltmore Hotel

       506 South Grand Avenue

       Los Angeles, CA 90071

    Theme: Once Upon a Crime in Hollywoodland

    Agenda Highlights:

    • Panel discussions on emerging technologies in forensics
    • Case studies showcasing successful application of forensic methodologies
    • Workshops on specialized forensic techniques and tools
    • Networking sessions to connect with fellow professionals and researchers 

    If you are interested in participating as a speaker, panelist, or workshop facilitator, we kindly request that you complete the Abstract Submission Form by February 1, 2024. Your expertise and insights would be invaluable in enriching the content of the seminar.

    For additional information, please see the attached flyer or visit our seminar page at Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you to our seminar.

  • 10 Oct 2023 7:57 AM | Brian Clemons (Administrator)


    As part of our commitment to bring you quality and relevant exams, we need your help to determine if the knowledge and skills that we are testing are still applicable to your job! Below is a link to a survey which will ask you a series of questions about how frequently a forensic scientist with one year of experience does a task and how important that task is. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and will be used to reassess the blueprint of the Foundational Knowledge Examination. 

    The survey will list a series of tasks, such as "maintain chain of custody." Ask yourself "how important is it for a forensic scientist with one year of experience to maintain chain of custody? how frequently does a forensic scientist with one year of experience have to maintain chain of custody?"  As you go through the survey, please answer the questions as they pertain to a forensic scientist with one year of experience that works in your lab, not necessarily how they pertain to *you* at your current experience level.

    If you have questions about the survey, please contact Audra Yovanovich at Thank you for your support of ABC and we look forward to seeing your responses!

    Survey link -->

  • 16 May 2023 7:11 AM | Brian Clemons (Administrator)

    Attached is the Spring newsletter from the American Board of Criminalistics.

    Spring Newsletter 

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