NIST and NFI come together to improve forensic science.

Press Release Summary:

Having signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on November 29, 2012, NIST and Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) seek to improve accuracy and reliability of forensic science by sharing expertise, research findings, and programs of mutual interest as well as aligning respective responsibilities to forensic science community. NIST and NFI will collaborate through activities focused on R/D, development of forensic standards, education and training, as well as forensic governance.

Original Press Release:

NIST and Dutch Agency Team to Improve Forensic Science

Two organizations with mutual interests in forensic science—the science of collecting and analyzing evidence to help solve crimes—have forged a partnership to facilitate the advancement of technologies, methods, practices and standards in the field. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Nov. 29, 2012, as part of the recent “Forensics@NIST 2012”* symposium held at NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg, Md.

NIST and NFI agreed to collaborate through activities focused on the following areas:

Research and development

Development of forensic standards

Education and training

Forensic governance (measures to ensure the ethical, transparent and accountable practice of forensic science)

The new agreement seeks to improve the accuracy and reliability of forensic science in both countries by the sharing of expertise, research findings and programs of mutual interest, as well as aligning their respective responsibilities to the forensic science community (such as developing calibration methods and reference standards, advancing state-of-the-art measurement techniques, and helping establish performance and procedural criteria).

Signing the MOU for their respective organizations were Willie May, NIST Associate Director for Laboratory Programs, and Tjark Tjin-A-Tsoi, Chief Executive Officer of NFI.

See for more on the meeting.

Media Contact: Michael E. Newman,, 301-975-3025


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