The profession of forensic science has recognized the need to emphasize its scientific foundations. With this also comes the realization that forensic science is a separate discipline in its own right and not the application of other natural sciences. Popular interest inundated the existing forensic science programs. This, along with the corresponding growth in the number of educational programs offering forensic science degrees, contributed to the need for accreditation of these programs. Accreditation provides assurance for students on what to expect in a program and for employers of what the graduate should be able to do. The Forensic Science Educational Program Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) in the United States and the Forensic Science Society in the United Kingdom offer accreditation for educational programs.