Forensic Paint Analysis


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Standard (Static) Proficiency Test Design: $105

Declared Double Blind Proficiency Test Design: $140

Description: Each proficiency test will contain questioned paint samples for comparison to known paint samples. These paint samples will represent typical types of paints (architectural, automotive, bicycle, spray paints, etc.) that are found in casework and may vary between single and multiple layers. The paint samples may be paint chips, smears, painted substrates or other forms that are routinely encountered in a forensic laboratory. Participants are requested to compare the different paint samples utilizing their laboratories procedures and instrumentation. 

2018 Forensic Paint Analysis Proficiency Test
Distribution: week of August 6, 2018
Answer Submission Deadline: November 5, 2018

2019 Forensic Paint Analysis Proficiency Test
Purchase Deadline: November 2, 2018
Distribution: week of May 6, 2019
Answer Submission Deadline: August 5, 2019 

Standard Proficiency Test Design: Each forensic practitioner will receive the same test samples as others in their laboratory, with the correct answers being the same. The test will be comprised of some of the same proficiency testing items used in the declared double blind test design, and the samples that are used will be different for every testing cycle. The static proficiency tests will have the same purchase deadlines, distribution dates and answer submission deadlines as the declared double blind test designs.

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).

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