NPS Discovery Toolkit for Designing and Implementing Testing for New and Emerging Psychoactive Drugs
Welcome to the NPS Discovery toolkit developed for RTI’s Center for Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) and the Center for Forensic Science Research and Education (CFSRE) at the Fredric Rieders Family Foundation. The purpose of the toolkit is to help navigate experienced toxicologists through the process of deciding 1) how to update their NPS analytical scope; 2) how to design and optimize analytical methods; 3) how to validate methods efficiently and in line with recommended best practices; and finally 4) how to implement some strategies for interpretation when these drugs appear in casework.
The toolkit is organized around five sections: General Advice and Guidance, Surveillance and Scope, Targeted Method Development, Validation, and Toxicological Interpretation.
The workforce calculator project follows a two-year timeline to produce a workforce calculator to be housed on the FTCoE website. The calculator permits a laboratory to identify the personnel required to support a given level of casework within each area of identification and the associated investment in capital equipment to support that level of activity. The intent of the first year is to produce an initial working tool (Beta Calculator), based upon a decade of performance of the most efficient laboratories from Project FORESIGHT. The second year of analysis permits enough time to develop a more sustainable and more detailed econometric analysis as a long-term planning tool.
ASCLD Accreditation Initiative Toolkit
The FTCOE has worked with the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) to promote and support universal accreditation and to promote the value of forensic science accreditation, continuous improvement, succession planning and technical certifications. In furtherance of these priorities, an ASCLD Domestic Accreditation Taskforce, (ADATF) was established, and worked to partner with labs that have committed, through an agreement, to pursue accreditation within the upcoming year. As part of this initiative, ASCLD and the FTCOE have built a toolkit to help laboratories achieve accreditation.