To Err is Human: We Know We are Going to Err, So What Do We Do?

Monday September 24th, 2018 // 8:30 am - 5:00 pm // Room 615/616

Early Registration - Ends August 1$225
Standard Registration$250
Student Registration$200

Description: Every laboratory will experience some type of error. Some errors will be minor and others more significant. Some may be discovered quickly, and others may have occurred in the distant past. Laboratory personnel must be prepared to address and handle all types of errors appropriately. Speakers will provide information from actual events on the detection, evaluation, resolution and management of errors from the perspective of the laboratory, legal/judicial system and quality assurance/accreditation perspectives. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in interactive discussions and exercises during the workshop.

Fees include course materials, continental breakfast, breaks, and lunch.



Learning outcomes will include:

  • Organization and management of the resolution of errors
  • Root cause analysis of errors
  • Corrective action to prevent future errors
  • Communication of and testifying to errors


Intended Audience:

This workshop is appropriate for anyone interested in the detection, management, resolution and reporting of errors associated with forensic science testing in any discipline. There are no prerequisite requirements to attend. The material presented should be beneficial to all parties associated with training and testing in any forensic science field, including analysts, technical leaders, supervisors, QA/QC managers, laboratory directors, attorneys and judges, auditors, victim advocates, educators and consultants.


Charlotte WordCo-Chair

Charlotte Word is currently a consultant in Human DNA Identification testing. She has performed technical reviews on many 1000’s of cases from several public and private DNA testing laboratories and has participated in the validation of various DNA test systems.  Charlotte has testified as an expert witness in over 300 trials and admissibility hearings around the country since 1990. 

Michael CobleCo-Chair

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Dr. Michael Coble is a Forensic Biologist in the Applied Genetics Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  His current research focuses on DNA mixture interpretation and research with lineage markers.