In memory of NWAFS Life Member Lionel Tucker Photo taken during the banquet dinner "Selfie Scavenger Hunt" at the Joint 2014 CAC/NWAFS Conference in Rohnert Park, CA



Welcome to the newly redesigned website of the Northwest Association of Forensic Scientists! We hope you find this new site to be useful, informative and user friendly. As you get acquainted with the new site, please don’t hesitate to contact a board member with any comments, suggestions, etc. that you may have on improving our site.

For individuals visiting our association’s page for the first time, we are an organization that is dedicated to the furtherance of forensic science. Our membership consists of forensic practitioners from primarily the northwest region as well as from other states across the country.

Our goals are to encourage the sharing of information within the field of forensic science, to foster friendship and cooperation among forensic practitioners and to stimulate research and development of new techniques in the field. To help achieve these goals, we hold an annual fall conference to bring individuals related to the field of forensics together and provide an educational environment where information can be shared.

You’ll find on our website information on meetings, membership and job openings and you’ll also be able to view our CrimeScene Newsletter. If you have any questions regarding the association or becoming involved as a member, please contact any board member and we will be happy to help you.


Devon Sommer
NWAFS President

Remember to make your hotel reservations by this Friday, August 14th at the link below

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Code of Ethics


Paper/Presenter Compensation Program


Current Committees (and chair)

  • Executive Committee (Board of Directors)
  • Membership Committee (Membership Secretary)
  • Publications Committee (Editorial Secretary)
  • Seminar Planning Committee (Technical Resources Secretary)


Ad Hoc Committees

  • Ethics Committee / Ethics Enforcement Committee
  • Technical Resources Committee – when needed
  • Functional Area Liaisons (FAL) – directs Host Site Committee
  • Host Site Committee
  • Member Emeritus Committee



The Scientific Working Group for the Analysis of Seized Drugs (SWGDRUG) has posted the DRAFT document “SWGDRUG Recommendations on Analogues and Structural Class Determinations” for review by the forensic science community. To ensure the document addresses the needs of the community, SWGDRUG invites your comments and suggestions.

The document is available on the SWGDRUG website ( Please, provide your comments on this proposed document using the provided survey link. Responses from the community will be collected until April 19, 2013.

Thank you for taking part in the recommendation process.

SWGDRUG appreciates your efforts in helping to build consensus within the community.


Please also take this opportunity to check out new resources available on the website.

Drug monographs containing detailed compound information and analytical data which may be used in the verification of acquired reference materials.

SWGDRUG MS Library Version 1.7 (January 1, 2013)