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The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) is the U.S.'s premier analyst certification body composed of regional and national organizations representing forensic scientists and criminalists.
The ABC offers a certificate in comprehensive criminalistics, as well as in the specialty disciplines of molecular biology, drug chemistry, fire debris analysis, trace evidence - hairs and fibers, and trace evidence - paints and polymers.
The purposes of the ABC are to:
a. establish professional acceptable levels of knowledge, skills, and abilities for the practice of the science of criminalistics;
b. define a mechanism to achieve professional levels of knowledge, skills, and abilities;
c. promote growth within the profession of criminalistics;
d. encourage and promote adherence to high standards of ethics, conduct, and professional practice in criminalistics;
e. grant and issue certificates, and/or recognition, in cognizance of special qualifications in criminalistics;
f. cooperate with the several branches of federal and state governments and appropriate governmental and private agencies and organizations; and
g. maintain and furnish to interested persons lists of individuals who have been granted certificates by the ABC.