New for 2019 Distributions
New Test Design: Probabilistic Genotyping Software (DNA Mixture Analysis) The Forensic Assurance Probabilistic Genotyping Software test design has changed based on your comments! The PGS samples will be used in conjunction with the Forensic Biology and Forensic DNA proficiency tests. In addition to the two known samples and two unknown samples that are provided in the Forensic Biology or Forensic DNA proficiency tests, each participant will receive an additional known sample and a complex mixture sample for analysis. The participants are requested to utilize their probabilistic genotyping software to determine if any of the three known contributors are present in the complex mixture sample.
Client Portal Forensic Assurance is putting together a client portal that will allow Quality Managers and Laboratory Directors to login and view reports and invoices. This feature will be available for all of 2019 distributions.
DNA Direct Upload Worksheets Forensic Assurance is developing worksheets that will allow participants of the Forensic Biology and Forensic DNA proficiency tests to upload the data produced by a genetic analyzer to auto-populate allele tables. Participants will still have the option to enter this information manually.
Declared Double Blind and Static Proficiency Test Designs Forensic Assurance provides both Declared Double Blind and Static (Standard) proficiency test designs. Our Static proficiency test design allows for a more economical option while maintaining the quality that has been demonstrated with our Declared Double Blind tests.
Declared Double Blind Test Design: Each forensic practitioner will receive a test composed of randomly selected unknown and/or known proficiency testing items, with the correct answers being specific to each test. Participants will be unable to gain information regarding the answers to their test through discussions with others participating in the same testing cycle, or with those administering the test. These blind elements are incorporated into the design of our tests to reduce the effects of bias on testing results. Forensic Assurance proficiency tests are declared (the participant knows that they are taking a test).
Standard (Static) Proficiency Test Design: Each forensic practitioner will receive a test containing the same testing items/samples as others in their laboratory, with the correct answers being the same for all the tests. The test will be comprised of some of the same proficiency testing items used in the declared double blind test design and the samples used will be different for every testing cycle.
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