“To promote the effectiveness of crime laboratory leaders throughout the world by facilitating communication among members, sharing critical information, providing relevant training, promoting crime laboratory accreditation, and encouraging scientific and managerial excellence in the global forensic community.”


The ASCLD Bylaws govern the operation and function of the organization. Revisions to the bylaws are brought to the membership via the ASCLD Board of Directors and require a vote by the membership. ASCLD’s current bylaws can be found below.

ASCLD Bylaws
2019 Proposed Bylaw Changes
CLICK HERE to read the current bylaws proposal

Code of Ethics

A Code of Ethics is an important document for public service employees like forensic science practitioners, who are tasked with job functions that can help prove innocence or guilt. These responsibilities demand the highest levels of public confidence. ASCLD’s Code of Ethics can be found below.

ASCLD Code of Ethics ASCLD Ethics Allegation Form

Strategic Plan

The ASCLD Board of Directors develops and publishes two-year strategic plans for the organization.  These plans include a two-year NOPA (National Outreach Priorities & Agenda) which describe the Board’s positions on a variety of forensic management and organization topics.

2018-2019 Strategic Plan 2018-2019 NOPA