Notice of Establishment of the National Commission on Forensic Science and Solicitation of Applications for Commission Membership

On Feb. 22, 2013, the U.S. Justice Dept. issued a noticed that the Attorney General will be establishing the National Commission on Forensic Science (“Commission”), pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2). According to the notice, the Commission is deemed "necessary and in the public interest."

The summary of the notice says, "The Commission will recommend strategies for enhancing quality assurance in forensic science units. The duties of the Commission will include: (a) Recommending priorities for standards development; (b) reviewing and recommending endorsement of guidance identified or developed by subject-matter experts; (c) developing proposed guidance concerning the intersection of forensic science and the courtroom; (d) developing policy recommendations, including a uniform code of professional responsibility and minimum requirements for training, accreditation and/or certification; and (e) identifying and assessing the current and future needs of the forensic sciences to strengthen their disciplines and meet growing demand."

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