New Forensics Commission to Develop Professional Code


A newly-formed National Commission on Forensic Science aims to improve industry practices by developing policy recommendations for the U.S. Attorney General, including uniform codes for professional responsibility.

The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced on Jan. 10 more than 30 appointments to the commission, which is co-chaired by Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole and Under Secretary of Commerce Patrick D. Gallagher.

The announcement comes after a particularly turbulent time in the forensics field, which has been rocked by at least a dozen scandals in the last two years, including a Massachusetts fraud case that led to the release of more than 300 people from prison.

For more on forensics scandals, click HERE.

The commission includes federal, state and local forensic science service providers, research scientists, academics and law enforcement officials.

“This new commission represents an extremely broad range of expertise and skills,” Under Secretary Gallagher, who is also director of the NIST, said in a press release. “It will help ensure that forensic science is supported by the strongest possible science-based evidence gathering, analysis and measurement.”

The commission first meets on Feb. 2 in Washington, D.C.

For a full list of commissioners and ex-officio members, click HERE.

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