AFSAB is committed to enhancing professionalism for forensic examiners and promoting confidence in the forensic sciences throughout
Australia. AFSAB certifies competent
forensic examiners in the disciplines of Fingerprints, Firearms and Crime Scene, ensuring through re-validation that examiners maintain
competence and reviews practitioners who fail to comply with established
professional standards. ANZPAA NIFS is responsible for the management of
Australasian Forensic Field Sciences Accreditation Board (AFFSAB)
Review Implementation Project – Update December 2018
The Australasian Forensic Field Sciences Accreditation Board
(AFFSAB) Review Implementation Project commenced in June 2017 to
facilitate the implementation of recommendations that were developed as part of
a major review of AFFSAB between June 2016 and March 2017 (AFFSAB Future
Directions Project). The purpose of the review was to better align AFFSAB to the requirements as set out in ISO 17024:2012 Conformity Assessment-General Requirements for bodies operating certifications of persons. In late 2018, AFFSAB was renamed the Australasian Forensic
Science Assessment Body (AFSAB) to better reflect that it is an independent
body which certifies individuals to an agreed professional standard.
The development of a new assessment process for all three
disciplines (Fingerprints, Crime Scene and Firearms) is currently in progress.
The new process aims to streamline and standardise assessments across the
disciplines, where appropriate. A slight shift to current demonstrable
expertise, including the addition of contemporary issues questions, is
envisaged. It is anticipated that the new assessment process will go live on 1
July 2019. Further information will be provided as it becomes available through
the AFSAB communication pathways.
Reminder: All applications for annual and
five-yearly recertifications are due as of 1 January 2023
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any issues downloading any of the following forms.
AFSAB Policy and Application Forms (Crime Scene/Fingerprints/Firearms)
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AFSAB Candidate Guides