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FTS ANNOUNCEMENTS

FTS ACCREDITED UNDER ISO 17043:2010

JULY
28

FTS is proud to announce that we have achieved external international accreditation by A2LA under ISO Standard 17043:2010. The ISO scope includes all of our forensic proficiency tests. To view our Certificate and Scope of Accreditation click here. To view a press release regarding our accreditation click here.

FTS OFFERS FOUR NEW TESTS

July
13

FTS is offering four new tests for 2015: Quantitative Chemical Analysis (Cocaine), Quantitative Chemical Analysis (Methamphetamine), Tire Impression and Fabric Damage. The Quantitative Chemical Tests are approved to meet ASCLD/LAB external proficiency test requirement in the drug chemistry discipline. The Tire Impression Test is also approved to meet ASCLD/LAB external proficiency test requirements.

Proficiency Test Spotlight

LOW EXPLOSIVES
The FTS Low Explosives proficiency test is designed to challenge the explosive analyst in the identification of low explosives, oxidizers and fuels that may be used in an explosive device. Questioned samples may consist of unburnt powders or partially burned explosive residues.
BASIC HAIR SCREENING
The FTS Basic Hair Screening proficiency test is designed to challenge forensic biologists or trace evidence examiners who perform limited microscopic hair examinations and do not compare and exclude human hairs from subsequent DNA analysis due to microscopic characteristics in relation to a known source. Analysts are asked to determine if a hair is human, the somatic origin of the hair and whether the hair may be suitable for subsequent nuclear DNA analysis.
PHYSICAL FRACTURE MATCH
The FTS Physical (Fracture) Match proficiency test is designed to challenge the forensic examiner in the comparison of broken edges of three dimensional surfaces. The 2013 test involved the comparison of approximately 120 fractured edges in each test with only one positive fracture match.

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