Expression of Interest - Forensic Science Accreditation Advisory Committee

13 August 2019

NATA’s Forensic Science Accreditation Advisory Committee (FSAAC) has three positions soon to become vacant and is seeking expressions of interest from individuals with expertise in the following areas:

  • Electronic evidence and signal processing
  • Toxicology
  • Biology

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 (ANZFEC) and the National Institute of Forensic Science (NIFS).

Committee members serve as volunteers.  The term of appointment for new members is five years and those who may be reappointed serve 3 year terms.  In general, members cannot be appointed for more than 3 terms.

The Committee convenes at 12 to 24 month intervals with face-to-face meetings.  Email and/or teleconferences may also occur 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 NATA website.

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.

The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 13 September 2019.

Successful candidates will be formally invited to participate in the activities of the FSAAC following approval by NATA’s Board.