Mixture Interpretation Validation, and Protocol Development and Verification
This webinar is Part 2 of the three-part series Biology/DNA Standards and Best Practices Developed by OSAC & ASB. This webinar covers:
- ANSI/ASB Standard 020, Standard for Validation Studies of DNA Mixtures, and Development and Verification of a Laboratory’s Mixture Interpretation Protocol, First Edition, 2018
- ANSI/ASB Standard 040, Standard for Forensic DNA Interpretation and Comparison Protocols, First Edition, 2019
- How the Indiana State Police Laboratory system implemented these two standards
Biology/DNA Standards and Best Practices Developed by OSAC & ASB Three-Part Webinar Series
This series of webinars is designed to educate the forensic and criminal justice community on new/emerging standards and best practice recommendations applicable to forensic biology and DNA testing laboratories. The series will provide detailed information regarding the development of the documents aimed at promoting best laboratory practices and high-quality testing. In addition, we will discuss new standards currently available in the field for use and implementation in crime laboratories around the world. Finally, we will cover standards and best practices currently under development, and how members of the community can participate in the development and promulgation of future documents.
Series Presenter Overview
Since their first meeting five years ago, the Biological Methods and the Biological Data Interpretation and Reporting Subcommittees of the Biology/DNA Scientific Area Committee (SAC) of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science have been writing many standards and best practices documents relevant to forensic Biology and DNA testing laboratories. Upon completion of the initial OSAC drafting process, these documents then moved to the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Academy Standards Board (ASB), a standards development organization created in 2015 and accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
Other Webinars in this Series
- Part 1: Development and Publication of New Standards and Best Practices – The Process
- Part 3: Training Standards Overview
Part 2 - Mixture Interpretation Validation, and Protocol Development and Verification
The second webinar in this series discusses two published standards that pertain to the interpretation and comparison of DNA profiles, with an emphasis on DNA mixture interpretation.
Charlotte Word, PhD
Member of the OSAC Biological Data Interpretation and Reporting Subcommittee and the ASB DNA Consensus Board
Forensic Biology Supervisor and Alternate Technical Leader
Indiana State Police
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