FORENSIC SPECIALTIES ACCREDITATION BOARD Inc


410 North 21st Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80904

About the FSAB


Accreditation

This program is intended to establish a mechanism whereby the forensic community can assess, recognize and monitor organizations or professional boards that certify individual forensic scientists or other forensic specialists (conformity assessment bodies, CABs). This program has been established with the support and grant assistance of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). Certification and accreditation are specific recommendations cited in a 2009 assessment of the forensic sciences, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States, published by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). View the FSAB comments on this important NAS report. For standards and applications for accreditation/re-accreditation, see Accreditation Program.

History

The Strategic Planning Committee of the AAFS reported in 1995 that the quality and standards applied by different forensic boards for granting certification varied widely. The Committee recommended that AAFS should assume a role in establishing a formal mechanism whereby the different credentialing processes of the various certifying boards can be objectively assessed. During the review of this issue, AAFS recognized that an important aspect of professional oversight is monitoring the quality and consistency of credentialing of forensic specialists by the various forensic boards; i.e., accrediting the certifiers. Groundwork was laid to accomplish this in 1996 by the Professional Oversight Committee and by the AAFS Mini-Task Force on Criteria for Specialist Certifying Boards. The Accreditation and Certification Task Force, now known as the Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board (FSAB), with grant assistance from NIJ, was formed to develop a voluntary program to objectively assess, recognize and monitor the various forensic specialty boards which seek accreditation. FSAB was incorporated as an independent organization in Colorado on June 23, 2000.

While working to develop this program, FSAB considered the accreditation of forensic boards by an independent organization as an option. There are at least two major organizations in the United States that set standards for individual specialties, the National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA), which accredits certifying organizations meeting their standards, including education and examinations and the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), which primarily sets standards for medical disciplines, such as radiology, surgery, etc. Forensic Pathology is already listed under the ABMS as a sub-specialty under Pathology. A forensic specialty board could demonstrate compliance with national standards by being accredited by the NCCA. While this course of action is objective, the forensic community would be unwisely delegating its professional oversight responsibility to non-forensic organizations. Additionally, because of the unique nature of the forensic disciplines and the relatively small numbers of specialists credentialed by each organization, the forensic boards would be better assessed by an accrediting organization dedicated to that task and which has a thorough understanding of the forensic disciplines.

View a PowerPoint Presentation 2012-Jan-18 describing the history, mission and function of the FSAB.

News

Colorado Springs, Nov-06-2017:  The Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board (FSAB) announces a transition plan for accredited conformity assessment bodies (CABs) to comply with new accreditation standards.

Colorado Springs, Sep-25-2017:  The Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board (FSAB) announces the publication of a white paper on Accreditation of Forensic Specialty Certification Bodies. The authors are Ann Webster Bunch, Thomas L. Bohan, and David R. Senn.

FSAB Seeking Nominations for Director Positions

Colorado Springs, May-20-2019:  The Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board (FSAB) has several openings for Director and Public Director. Directors must be certificate holders of an FSAB-accredited certifying board. Public Directors have no similar requirement. Experience with certification and/or accreditation is particularly desirable. Please note that FSAB Directors are not considered representatives of a certifying board. FSAB directors serve three-year terms, with a maximum of four consecutive terms.

To assist you in considering the opportunity, please view the announcement that describes the duties of Directors. All nominations (including name and CV) should be submitted to the FSAB Secretary.

Officers, Directors and Affiliates for 2019-2020


President

Bruce Goldberger, PhD, F-ABFT
Professor, Department of Pathology
University of Florida College of Medicine
4800 SW 35th Drive
Gainesville, FL 32608
Phone: 352-627-2001
Cell: 352-258-6125

Vice President

Emily J. Will, MA, D-BFDE
P. O. Box 58552
Raleigh, NC 27658
Phone: 919-556-7414
Cell: 919-633-0117

Secretary

Demi Garvin, PharmD, F-ABFT
Director, Forensic Services
Forensic Science Network
1225 Laurel Street, Suite 300
Columbia, SC 29201
Cell: 803-518-3878

Treasurer

Ann W. Bunch, PhD, D-ABFA
Criminal Justice Department
The College at Brockport
State University of New York
350 New Campus Drive
Brockport, NY 14420
Phone: 585-395-5501

Immediate Past President

David R. Senn, DDS, D-ABFO
Director, Center for Education and Research in Forensics
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Drive, Mail Code 7914
San Antonio, TX 78229
Phone: 210-567-1965
Cell: 210-501-3302

Accreditation Program


Accreditation Standards
Current Standards 2019-Mar-01
Transition to New Accreditation Standards

Letter to accredited CABs describing transition plan to new accreditation standards.
CAB Letter 2017-Nov-06

Application and Annual Report Templates

Application for Accreditation and Re-accreditation

For accredited CABs within the transition period only:
Legacy Application for Accreditation and Re-accreditation

For all accredited CABs:
Annual Report Template

Print completed documents and submit with supporting materials to:

Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board, Inc.
Attention: Kimberly Wrasse
410 North 21st Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80904-2798

Accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs)

(Listed chronologically by initial accreditation)

American Board of Criminalistics (ABC)
About ABC

Accreditation effective Mar-01-2004 through Feb-28-2009
Re-accreditation effective Mar-01-2009 through Feb-28-2014
Re-accreditation effective Mar-01-2014 through Feb-28-2019
Re-accreditation effective Mar-01-2019 through Feb-29-2024

American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI)
About ABMDI

Accreditation effective Mar-01-2005 through Feb-28-2010
Re-accreditation effective Mar-01-2010 through Feb-28-2015
Re-accreditation effective Mar-01-2015 through Feb-29-2020
Re-accreditation effective Mar-01-2020 through Feb-28-2025

American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT)
About ABFT

Accreditation effective Mar-01-2006 through Feb-28-2011
Re-accreditation effective Mar-01-2011 through Feb-29-2016
Re-accreditation effective Mar-01-2016 through Feb-28-2021

Board of Forensic Document Examiners (BFDE)
About BFDE

Accreditation effective Mar-01-2006 through Feb-28-2011
Re-accreditation effective Mar-01-2011 through Feb-29-2016
Re-accreditation effective Mar-01-016 through Feb-28-2021

American Board of Forensic Document Examiners (ABFDE)
About ABFDE

Accreditation effective Mar-01-2007 through Feb-29-2012
Re-accreditation effective Mar-01-2012 through Feb-28-2017
Re-accreditation effective Mar-01-2017 through Feb-28-2022

International Board of Forensic Engineering Sciences (IBFES)
About IBFES

Accreditation effective Mar-01-2007 through Feb-29-2012
Re-accreditation effective Mar-01-2012 through Feb-28-2017
Re-accreditation effective Mar-01-2017 through Feb-28-2022

American Board of Forensic Odontology (ABFO)
About ABFO

Accreditation effective Mar-01-2008 through Feb-28-2013
Re-accreditation effective Mar-01-2013 through Feb-28-2018
Re-accreditation effective Mar-01-2018 through Feb-28-2023

American Board of Forensic Anthropology (ABFA)
About ABFA

Accreditation effective Mar-01-2009 through Feb-28-2014
Re-accreditation effective Mar-01-2014 through Feb-28-2019
Re-accreditation effective Mar-01-2019 through Feb-29-2024

International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS)
About IACIS

Accreditation effective Mar-01-2012 through Feb-28-2017
Re-accreditation effective Mar-01-2017 through Feb-28-2022

Certified Fire Investigator Board, International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)
About IAAI

Accreditation effective Mar-01-2015 through Feb-29-2020
Re-accreditation effective Mar-01-2020 through Feb-28-2025

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