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 […]


International Forensics Standards

Source: Mary C. McKiel, PhD, ASB Communications Liaison, and Julie A. Howe, MBA, ASB Board Member The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) announced the publication of the following two new international forensic science standards: ISO 21043-1:2018 Forensic sciences—Part 1: Terms and definitions; https://www.iso.org/obp/ui#iso:std:iso:21043:-1:ed-1:v1:en ISO 21043-2:2018 Forensic sciences—Part 2: Recognition, recording, collecting, transport and storage of […]


ASB Accepting Applications for Openings in the Consensus Bodies

Source: Teresa L. Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The 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 these interest categories. Click HERE for a detailed description of the Interest Categories. Anthropology: Consumer Groups, General Interest, Laboratories and or Testing […]


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 […]