Education and Accreditation in Forensic Science

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Forensic sciences--Study and teaching, Accreditation (Education), Universities and colleges--Accreditation


Forensic Science and Technology


Forensic science continues to expand its scope and diversity. Many new and highly specialized disciplines have evolved. As these expansions have occurred, along with a call for more research and scientific inquiry, there is an increasing need for education in all aspects of the field of forensic science. A properly focused education in forensic science is essential not only for future forensic scientists, but also as a means to keep current practitioners abreast of emerging new technologies. The NIJ sponsored two major studies which concluded that education was a vital element in improving the status and effectiveness of forensic science services. The TWGED report established the first set of curriculum and program requirements. With accreditation programs, such as FEPAC, it is now possible for students and laboratories seeking new recruits to ensure that the new hires will have a sound scientific and forensic science-based education. The level and quality of education is likely to progress on a global level.


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Palmbach, T.M. "Education and Accreditation in Forensic Science." In Siegel, J. A., Saukko, P. J., & Houck, M. M. (2013). Encyclopedia of forensic sciences. Amsterdam: Elsevier Academic Press, pp. 171–174.