ASB Newsletter—July 7, 2020

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat Three New Forensic Standards from the ASB The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of three new American National Standards. ANSI/ASB Standard 023—Standard for Training in Forensic DNA Isolation and Purification Methods, First Edition, 2020, provides requirements to ensure proper training in the methods of DNA […]


2020 Call for Members for ASB Consensus Bodies

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is currently accepting applications for openings in the Consensus Bodies. In order to maintain a specific balance across interest categories, the ASB is soliciting members only in the interest categories listed. Click here for a detailed description of the Interest Categories. Please download and complete […]


New Crime Scene Investigation Consensus Body

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The Academy Standards Board (ASB) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) is an ANSI-accredited Standards Development Organization. The ASB is announcing the formation of a new Consensus Body: Crime Scene Investigation. The consensus body will have 7 to 25 members based on applications received. Members will be selected […]


A New Forensic Dogs and Sensors Standard From ASB

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ANSI/ASB Standard 088, General Guidelines for Training, Certification, and Documentation of Canine Detection Disciplines, First Edition, 2020. This standard is produced through ASB’s Dogs and Sensors Consensus Body in a consensus process accredited by the American National Standards […]


ASB Documents Open for Public Comment

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The Academy Standards Board (ASB) encourages all interested parties to provide comments on documents in progress. The following documents are available for Public Comment: ASB Standard 024, Crime Scene/Death Investigation—Dogs and Sensors, Pre-Scented Canines—Location Check, First Edition (Comment Deadline, March 16, 2020) ASB Standard 026, Crime Scene/Death Investigation—Dogs and Sensors, […]


Three New Forensic Documents From ASB

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of three new documents. ANSI/ASB Standard 030, Standard for a Quality Assurance Program in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, First Edition. This document provides requirements for establishing and maintaining a documented quality assurance program in bloodstain pattern analysis to forensic service providers. […]


A New Forensic Toxicology Standard From ASB

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ANSI/ASB Standard 036, Standard Practices for Method Validation in Forensic Toxicology, First Edition, 2019. This standard is produced through ASB’s Toxicology Consensus Body in a consensus process accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The standard is based […]


NIST Has Announced the Restructuring OSAC (OSAC 2.0) Plan

Source: Lucy A. Davis, BHS, AAFS Representative, OSAC Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) In the Fall of 2017, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) sent out a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register on The Development of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science 2.0. Both the American […]


A New Forensic Best Practice Recommendation From ASB

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ANSI/ASB Best Practice Recommendation 021, Best Practices for the Preparation of Test Impressions from Footwear and Tires, First Edition. This standard is produced through ASB’s Footwear and Tire Consensus Body in a consensus process accredited by the American […]


ASB Updates—August 2019

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat New DNA Standard Published! The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ANSI/ASB Standard 022, Standard for Forensic DNA Analysis Training Programs, First Edition, 2019. This standard provides the general requirements for a forensic DNA laboratory’s training program in DNA analysis, including data interpretation. Click HERE […]


New DNA Standard Published by the ASB

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ANSI/ASB Standard 022, Standard for Forensic DNA Analysis Training Programs, First Edition, 2019. This standard was revised, prepared, and finalized as a standard by the DNA Consensus Body of the AAFS Standards Board (ASB). The initial draft document […]


New Forensic Standard in Footwear and Tire Evidence From ASB

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ASB Technical Report 097, Terminology Used for Forensic Footwear and Tire Evidence, First Edition, 2019. This document is a compilation of terms commonly used in footwear and tire examination. This technical report is targeted for forensic science professionals […]


ASB Documents Open for Public Comment

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The ASB encourages all interested parties to provide comments on documents in progress. The following documents are available for Public Comment: ASB Best Practice Recommendation 012, Best Practice Recommendation for Articulating a Source Identification in Friction Ridge Examinations, First Edition (comment deadline, July 8, 2019) ASB Best Practice Recommendation 068, […]


OSAC Adds ASB Standard to Registry

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The ASB is pleased to announce that the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) has approved the addition of ANSI/ASB Standard 017, Standard Practices for Measurement Traceability in Forensic Toxicology, First Edition, 2018 for listing on the OSAC Registry. The OSAC Registry […]


Six New Wildlife Forensic Standards From ASB

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of six first-edition Wildlife Forensics standards. ANSI/ASB Standard 019, Wildlife Forensics General Standards. This document provides minimum standards and recommendations for practicing wildlife forensic analysts. This document covers good laboratory practices, evidence handling, and training, as well as considerations […]


A New Forensic Standard From ASB

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ANSI/ASB Standard 072, Standard for the Validation of Procedures in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, First Edition, 2019. This standard is produced through ASB’s Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (BPA) Consensus Body in a consensus process accredited by the American National Standards […]


ASB Document Available For Public Comment

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, BA, ASB Secretariat The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Academy Standards Board (ASB) encourages all interested parties to provide comments on documents in progress. ASB Standard 041, Assigning Propositions for Likelihood Ratios in Forensic DNA Interpretations, First Edition, has been posted for public comment. The document, comment template, and additional information […]


Three New Forensic Documents From the AAFS Standards Board (ASB)

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of three new documents. Best Practice Recommendation 006, Best Practice Recommendation for Planning DNA Sample Collection and Analysis for the Identification Process in Mass Fatality Incidents. This guide aims to provide information that allows jurisdictions to prepare for a mass […]


A New Forensic Standard From the AAFS Standards Board (ASB)

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The ASB is pleased to announce the publication of ANSI/ASB Best Practice Recommendation 037, Guidelines for Opinions and Testimony in Forensic Toxicology, First Edition, 2018. This standard is produced through ASB’s Toxicology Consensus Body in a consensus process accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The standard is based […]


A New Forensic Standard From the AAFS Standards Board (ASB)

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The ASB is pleased to announce the publication of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) /ASB Standard 020, Standard for Validation Studies of DNA Mixtures, and Development and Verification of a Laboratory’s Mixture Interpretation Protocol, First Edition, 2018. This standard is produced through ASB’s DNA Consensus Body in a consensus […]