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Draft - National Code of Professional Conduct

This Code of Professional Conduct for Forensic Scientists has been developed in response to Recommendation 9 in the National Academy of Sciences’ Report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward. (NAS Report) This recommendation calls for a “national code of ethics for all forensic science disciplines . . .[that] could be enforced through a certification process for forensic scientists.” (NAS Report, p. 7-19) This document is therefore intended to serve as a model which could be adopted by organizations that provide certification for forensic scientists, without which certification “no person (public or private) should be allowed to practice in a forensic discipline or testify as a forensic scientist.” (Recommendation 7, NAS Report, p.7-18).

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