NEAFS describes itself as an organization which exists:
To exchange ideas and information within the field of forensic science, and to foster friendship and cooperation among the various laboratory personnel.
To encourage a high level of competency among professionals in the field of forensic science.
To promote recognition of forensic science as an important component of the criminal justice system.
To stimulate increased implementation of existing techniques, along with research and development of new techniques within the field, and to encourage financial support for these efforts.