ASB Announces New Standards Open for Public Comment

Source: Mary C. McKiel, PhD, ASB Communications Liaison The public comment period has opened for: ASB Standard 032, Standards for a Bloodstain Pattern Analyst’s Training Program, First Edition (Comment Deadline, September 24, 2018) ASB Standard 046, Wildlife Forensics Validation Standards—STR Analysis, First Edition (Comment Deadline, September 24, 2018) ASB Standard 047, Wildlife Forensics Validation Standard—Validating New Primers for Sequencing, First […]


ASB Announces New Standard Open for Public Comment

Source: Mary C. McKiel, PhD, ASB Communications Liaison The public comment period has opened for: ASB Best Practice Recommendation 006, Best Practices Recommendations for DNA Analysis for Human Identification in Mass Fatality Incidents, First Edition. (Comment deadline is August 13.) Please visit the Notification of Standard Development and Coordination area of the AAFS Standards Board website to view […]


ASB Announces New Standards for Public Comment

The public comment period has opened for the following documents (comment periods close August 6, 2018): Re-circulation—ASB Best Practice Recommendation 037, Guidelines for Opinions and Testimony in Forensic Toxicology, First Edition Please visit the Notification of Standard Development and Coordination area of the AAFS Standards Board website to view the comment resolutions from the initial […]


New Forensic Standard in Toxicology From ASB

Source:  Lucy A. Davis, BHS, Chair, ASB Board of Directors The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ANSI/ASB Standard 017, Standard Practices for Measurement Traceability in Forensic Toxicology. The standard defines the minimum requirements for establishing measurement traceability in forensic toxicology laboratories. The standard establishes traceability of a measurement to […]


ASB Publishes First ANSI Accredited Standard

Source:  Lucy A. Davis, BHS, Chair, ASB Board of Directors The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of its first American National Standard (ANS), titled ANSI/ASB Best Practice Recommendation 007, Postmortem Impression Submission Strategy for Comprehensive Searches of Essential Automated Fingerprint Identification System Databases, First Edition, 2018. This standard is produced […]


OSAC Invites Professional Organizations to Comment on ASTM Standards

Source: Mary C. McKiel, PhD, ASB Communications Liaison The Organization of Scientific Area Communities (OSAC), housed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), recently invited OSAC professional association representatives to share information on OSAC events with their members. The invitation highlighted the opportunity to comment on inclusion of two forensic related standards, published […]


Why Does the ASB Seek Public Comment?

Source: Mary C. McKiel, PhD, ASB Communications Liaison The AAFS Academy Standards Board (ASB) facilitates the development of forensic-related consensus standards according to procedures based on the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) Essential Requirements: Due Process Requirements for American National Standards. Among other things, due process requires that the ASB, as an ANSI-accredited standards developer, […]


ASB Announces New Standards for Public Comment

Source: Mary C. McKiel, PhD, ASB Communications Liaison The Academy Standards Board (ASB) announced the opening of the public comment period for three new standards. American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) members and the public at large are encouraged to review and comment on the following documents: ASB Standard 019, Wildlife Forensics General Standards, First […]


New OSAC Publication on Digital/Multimedia Evidence

Source:  Lucy A. Davis, BHS, AAFS OSAC Representative The Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) Committees are tasked to provide information to forensic communities on current issues related to the various forensic disciplines. Below is notification of a recent OSAC publication regarding Digital/Multimedia Evidence. Academy members and anyone interested in the relationship […]


The ABCs of ASB

Source:  Mary C. McKiel, PhD, Communications Liaison Over 60 individuals from a wide range of forensic backgrounds participated in a one-hour, online presentation about the Academy Standards Board given by ASB Secretariat, Teresa Ambrosius, along with the ASB Communications Liaison, Mary McKiel. The presentation covered the basics about the formation and purpose of the ASB, […]


ASB Announces New Secretariat

Source:  Mary C. McKiel, PhD, Communications Liaison ASB is pleased to announce that Teresa Ambrosius has been selected as the organization’s new Secretariat, following the retirement of Brad Wing. Teresa started with the AAFS Standards Board in January 2016 as its first Technical Coordinator. Teresa’s knowledge of data management and understanding of the documentation needs […]


ASB’s First Secretariat, Brad Wing, Retires

Source:  Mary C. McKiel, PhD, Communications Liaison After two years as ASB’s first Secretariat, Brad Wing retired this month. Mr. Wing saw ASB through its initial development and the successful completion and publication of its first two forensic documents. Mr. Wing joined ASB directly following his retirement from the National Institute of Standards and Technology […]


Public Comment Period Open for ASB BPR 009, Examination of Human Remains by Forensic Pathologists in the Disaster Victim Identification Context

Source:  Mary C. McKiel, PhD, Communications Liaison The public comment period has opened for AAFS Standards Board (ASB) Best Practice Recommendation 009, Examination of Human Remains by Forensic Pathologists in the Disaster Victim Identification Context, First Edition. Please visit the Notification of Standard Development and Coordination area of the ASB website to view the draft […]


ASB Publishes Second Edition Technical Report

Source:  Mary C. McKiel, PhD, Communications Liaison Less than two weeks after posting its first Technical Report, ASB Technical Report 033, First Edition, 2017, Terms and Definitions in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Standards Board (ASB) has just released a second Technical Report — ASB Technical Report 025:  First Edition, 2017, […]


ASB Publishes First Edition Technical Report

Source:  Mary C. McKiel, PhD, Communications Liaison The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) published its first technical report: ASB Technical Report 022, First Edition, 2017, Terms and Definitions in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis. The Report is a list of recommended terms and definitions for bloodstain pattern analysis. These terms and definitions address basic bloodstain pattern types and […]


The AAFS Standards Board Welcomes New Members

Source:  Mary C. McKiel, PhD, Communications Liaison  The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) welcomed more than 30 new voting members this month as a result of the ASB annual review of membership. In accord with their accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the ASB reviews membership at least annually to ensure that each of […]


Consensus in the Standards World

Source:  Mary C. McKiel, PhD, Communications Liaison Officer Not all standards are developed in a process that requires consensus, balance, openness, and due process. For example, industry standards, consortia standards, and regulatory standards are developed through their own unique documented procedures and are incredibly useful for their intended purposes. However, in the larger United States and […]


Announcement: Comment Period Open for Two ASB Documents

Announcement: The public comment period has opened for ASB Best Practice Recommendation 021, Best Practices for the Preparation of Test Impressions from Footwear and Tires, First Edition (Comment period closes Monday, October 23, 2017). A reminder that the public comment period is also open for ASB Technical Report 025, Crime Scene/Death Investigation – Dogs and […]