- Drug chemists identify controlled substances and other chemicals. The NIST Webbook is an excellent resource for checking such analysis.
- As part of its Forensic Science Assessments: A Quality and Gap Analysis, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) released a report on Fire Investigation.
- Pills are commonly presented as evidence in criminal cases. Drugs.com is a good resource for researching pill markings.
- Clandestine laboratories manufacture many tablets that contain controlled substances. While far less reliable due to the nature of clandestine labs, ecstasydata.org attempts to educate the public as to the contents of these clandestine tablets.
- Designer drug manufactures has increased dramatically in recent years. Cayman Chemical is a commonly used source for standards of these new and emerging drugs.
- The National Institute of Justice commissioned a study of color tests and the substances they will test positive with.
- Forendex is a website created by the Southern Association of Forensic Scientists. It’s a good resource for controlled substance research.
- The Nation Fire Protection Association (NFPA) publishes standards that fire investigators adhere to. Copies of the NFPA 921 and 1033 can be found here.
- Gun shot residue (GSR) is occasionally used to show that a person was in the presence of gun shot residue. A more comprehensive overview of GSR can be found at the Scientific Working Group for Gunshot Residue (SWGGSR) website.
- The Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) is in the process of reexamining the guidance documents used by trace evidence analysts. The Trace Evidence Subcommittee is a good resource for these guidance documents.
Reviews of Current Trends in Forensic Science
Forensic science is a constantly progressing field due to the advent of new instruments, techniques, and novel interpretations. Considering the evolving nature of the discipline, it is imperative that legal professionals and scientists remain aware of modern methods and advancements in forensic science. Emily Lennert with the UCF National Center for Forensic Science regularly reviews journal articles related to forensic science. Those reviews can be found here with the accompanying citation to the journal article for further reading.
Inspection of Chemistry Bench Notes
Presumptive Drug Tests
Opening and Keynote Presentation – Robert Wesley and Dr. Michael Sigman
Direct Analysis in Real Time Mass Spectrometry (DART-MS): A New Tool for Forensic Paint Examiners – Dr. Mark Maric
Laser-Induced Pollen Analysis – Dr. Matthieu Baudelet
Identification of Cosmetic Particles Transferred During Close Personal Attacks – Kandyss Najjar
Characterization and Classification of Silicone Lubricants with Statistics – Brooke Baumgarten
Distinguishing Sexual Lubricants from Personal Hygiene Products (PHP) for Sexual Assault Investigations – Yasmine Moustafa
Characterization and Quantification of the Microbial Degradation of Sexual Lubricants – Danielle Green
Drug Field Tests, False Positives and Bogus Pleas – Topher Sanders
Drug Color Test
Gun Shot Residue Color Test
 Trace Evidence. https://www.fbi.gov/services/laboratory/scientific-analysis/trace-evidence (accessed September 18, 2017).
 Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward; National Academies Press: Washington, D.C., 2009.