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The academic programs coordinated by IFRI (Certificate in Forensic Science coupled to a BS in Chemistry and Biochemistry or a BS in Biological Sciences, a Professional Science Master's in Forensic Science and the Master of Science in Forensic Science) are accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC), a committee of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at FIU also offers a PhD program of study in Chemistry with a track in Forensic Science.

The International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI) serves local and national law enforcement efforts in the application of scientific principles to the administration of justice. The mission of this self-supporting institute is to conduct original research in forensic science, transfer technologies from other scientific disciplines for use in forensic applications, provide scientific expertise to the law enforcement and legal community and to provide needed continuing education and advanced training to practicing scientists.

The formal partnerships between the institute, law enforcement agencies, government laboratories and corporations results in a unique center for research and training in the forensic sciences. A large number of IFRI affiliated FIU faculty conduct research and provide forensic expertise. The Miami-Dade Police Department, the Dade County Medical Examiner's Office, the Broward Sheriff's Office, the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration house local forensic laboratories in South Florida. A combined total of over 200 scientists work in these laboratories conducting evidence examinations and offering expert testimony in state and federal courts.