The course is intended for crime laboratory technicians and managers, attorneys and public defenders, judges, criminal law professors, media outlet forensic analysts, and ISO 17025 accreditation technical auditors. It will also be beneficial to forensic science students as a means to enhance their educational curricula for career preparedness.
Metrology is an enabling infrastructural science that underscores science-based quality measurement systems in forensic chemical analysis and testing laboratories. Without a sound metrological cornerstone, it may be difficult to prove that forensic measurement data will have the necessary scientific integrity and validity, and measurement results may not be able to withstand intense scrutiny in the courtroom.
A clear understanding of metrological principles and concepts and their implementation is essential for practical operation of successful forensic science laboratories and for them to earn and sustain public trust. This course will provide a basic introduction to metrology and its relevance to the many facets of the overall analytical measurement process.
The key metrological concepts of calibration, traceability and measurement uncertainty will be described as they apply to the determination and reporting of breath and blood alcohol content, gunshot residue analysis, and other chemical applications of quantitative forensic analysis. Selected news events and courtroom decisions that hinged on the principles and concepts of analytical metrology will be presented.
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