Membership Levels

There are four categories of membership, as follows:

Full Member

  • Must perform system or laboratory wide quality assurance duties which may include:
    • monitoring compliance with accreditation criteria
    • developing unified system wide or laboratory wide policies and procedures
    • administering the laboratory’s proficiency testing program
    • arranging/coordinating technical, safety and/or quality system audits
    • identifying deficiencies in compliance with quality procedures
    • investigating discrepancies and performing root cause analysis
    • coordinating resolution of discrepancies and monitoring corrective actions
  • Must be identified on the organizational chart for the laboratory/system as the designated Quality Manager or within a Quality Assurance Unit, however named, or be able to otherwise demonstrate responsibility for laboratory/system wide quality assurance.
  • Must affirm appropriate qualifications at the request of the Membership Committee
  • Must pay dues annually ($50.00)
  • Have voting privileges
  • May serve on and chair committees
  • May serve on the Executive Board
  • Have access to the AFQAM Forums

Affiliate Member

  • Does not meet the qualifications to be a Full Member but,
    • is advancing the profession of forensic quality assurance management; or
    • is an employee of an organization concerned with forensic quality assurance; or
    • otherwise provides technical assistance to AFQAM
  • Must affirm appropriate qualifications at the request of the Membership committee
  • Must pay dues annually ($50.00)
  • Have voting privileges
  • May serve on a committee
  • May not chair a committee or serve on the Executive Board
  • Does not have access to the AFQAM Forums

Emeritus Member

  • Eligible only to a previous AFQAM member that no longer meets the qualifications for Full or Affiliate membership, that has participated in at least five (5) AFQAM seminars and has continuously been a member of AFQAM for at least seven (7) years, and has rendered distinguished service to AFQAM, such as committee membership, serving on the Executive Board, or presenting at an AFQAM seminar.
  • Must be nominated and have two letters of recommendations from Full Members in good standing
  • Must pay token dues annually ($10.00)
  • Have voting privileges
  • May serve and chair committees
  • May not serve on the Executive Board

Founding Member

This special Emeritus membership level is reserved for members who were present at the October 2001 organizational meeting in Kansas City.