On April 22, 2016, ASCLD/LAB, one of the approved crime laboratory accrediting bodies under Texas Administrative Code § 651.4, merged with the accrediting body ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB). The Texas Forensic Science Commission's rules and website information related to crime laboratory accreditation in Texas will be updated to reflect the merger as soon as practicable. For more information on this announcement please see ASCLD/LAB's press release HERE.
FSC Releases Report in SWIFS Firearm/Tool Mark Investigation from Complaint Filed by Attorney Frank Blazek
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FSC Releases Report in Forensic Bitemark Comparison Complaint Filed by National Innocence Project on Behalf of Steven Mark Chaney
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FSC Releases Report in Forensic Video Analysis Height Determination Complaint filed on behalf of George W. Powell, III.
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At a December 2, 2015 meeting in Austin, the Commission selected eight candidates and one alternate to serve on its Licensing Advisory Committee tasked with advising the Commission and making recommendations on matters related to the licensing of forensic analysts in Texas. Please visit our Licensing page for a list of those selected. The Licensing Advisory Committee will have its first meeting in Austin on February 11, 2016, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
In a December 7, 2015 statement, the largest professional organization of fire investigators in the world, the International Association for Arson Investigators (IAAI), endorsed the Texas model for multidiscipline science review panels. Specifically, the IAAI supports Texas' independent, multidisciplinary Science Advisory Workgroup led by Texas State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy--the group that conducted the post-conviction review of arson convictions where there was a credible and substantial allegation that those convictions were based on outdated science or methodology. The IAAI encourages every state to follow the Texas model for review and offers assistance to jurisdictions through IAAI's Public Agency Advisory Committee, in locating resources for reviews of the science and methodology underlying arson convictions. For a copy of the article, please click here.
Please click here to access the Commission's 2015 Annual Report.
Final Report (Click to download)