Texas Forensic Science Commission
You may submit your information via our downloadable Complaint Form or the online form below.
The Texas Forensic Science Commission (“FSC”) investigates complaints alleging professional negligence or misconduct that would substantially affect the integrity of the results of a forensic analysis conducted by an accredited crime laboratory. The Commission also has jurisdiction to investigate non-accredited forensic disciplines and non-accredited entities under more limited circumstances, such as to make observations regarding best practices or for educational purposes. (For a comprehensive review of the Commission’s jurisdiction, please refer to Tex. Code Crim. Proc. 38.01 as amended by Tex. S.B. 1238, 83rd Leg., R.S. (2013)).
Please be aware that the FSC investigates allegations involving “forensic analysis.” This term includes any medical, chemical, toxicological, ballistic, or other expert examination or test performed on physical evidence, including DNA evidence, for the purpose of determining the connection of the evidence to a criminal action.
However, the term “forensic analysis” does not include the portion of an autopsy conducted by a medical examiner or other forensic pathologist who is a licensed physician. Please be advised that if you submit a complaint regarding the results of an autopsy, it is highly likely your complaint will be dismissed. (Note: the forensic testing done in connection with an autopsy, such as toxicology, is included within the Commission’s jurisdiction even though the autopsy itself is not.)
The FSC will examine the details of your complaint to determine what level of investigation to perform, if any. All complaints are taken seriously. Because of the complex nature and number of complaints received by the FSC, we cannot give you any specific date by which that review may be completed.
If the criteria for an investigation are met, the FSC will send a letter to the laboratory/facility and/or individual(s) named in the complaint indicating that the FSC has received the complaint. The FSC will then request a response from the entity and/or individual who is the subject of the complaint. We may also need to obtain additional information from you.
If the criteria for an investigation are not met or the FSC declines to investigate further, you will receive a letter from the FSC.
The Commission’s statute allows it to withhold from disclosure information submitted regarding a complaint until the final investigative report is issued. However, after a report is issued, all information and complaints are subject to public disclosure under the Texas Public Information Act (Texas Government Code Chapter 552).
You may submit a complaint without disclosing your identity. However, the FSC cannot guarantee your anonymity. Also, please note that filing a complaint without disclosing your identity may impede the investigation process, especially if our ability to contact you is limited.
Your cooperation, patience, and understanding are appreciated.