Co-Chairs: Charlotte Word, Forensic Consultant,  The Honorable Pamela King, District Court Judge Minnesota

Cost: The cost for this workshop is $225 prior to August 1st and $250 after. Registration for students with a valid ID is $200. Fees include course materials, continental breakfast, breaks, and lunch.

Presenters: Charlotte Word, The Honorable Pamela King, Robin Cotton (Biomedical Forensic Sciences), Melissa Smrz (Forensic Science Consultant), Gary Shutler, PhD. (Washington State Patrol), James Tarver (Washington State Patrol), and Captain Michael Saunders (Office of Professional Standards)


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.



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.