Forensic Science Accreditation Advisory Committee

29 November 2018

The NATA’s Forensic Science Accreditation Advisory Committee (FSAAC) has a current vacancy, and is seeking expressions of interest from individuals with expertise in Field Services / Crime Scene activities.

The FSAAC is established to provide technical input for NATA’s ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation activities covering testing for legal purposes and represents the interests of accredited facilities and the broader industry.

The FSAAC membership includes representatives for all forensic disciplines, the Australia & New Zealand Forensic Executive Committee and the National Institute of Forensic Science (NIFS).

The term of appointment for new FSAAC members is five years with face-to-face meetings being held annually and email and/or teleconferences occurring throughout the year as necessary.  NATA meets the costs for travel and accommodation to attend face-to-face meetings.  It is expected that Committee members make themselves available to attend all meetings.

Committee members are appointed for their knowledge and technical expertise.  The duties of a Committee member include, but not limited to::

  • providing advice on the review of NATA’s accreditation criteria applicable to forensic science and other testing for legal purposes;
  • review of assessment reports for applicant and accredited facilities, where required;
  • provision of advice, as requested, on technical issues arising from assessment activities; and
  • review and approval of the appointment of technical assessors.

Further information regarding NATA’s AAC’s may be obtained from the Technical Committees page.

Applicants must:

  • have substantial practical experience in the discipline for which they are submitting an expression of interest;
  • be familiar with NATA’s accreditation requirements preferably through either practical experience in an accredited facility or experience as a NATA technical assessor;
  • be committed to NATA and the accreditation process;
  • abide by NATA’s policies, including the need to maintain confidentiality, be objective, act impartially and to declare any conflicts of interest;
  • prepare for and attend AAC meetings.

Expressions of interest detailing the candidate’s experience, including addressing the requirements/attributes detailed above and a full resume, should be forwarded to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Sector Manager, Legal & Clinical Services, NATA.

The closing date for expressions of interest is 4 January 2019.  Successful candidates will be formally invited to participate in the activities of the FSAAC following approval by NATA’s Board