A New Forensic Dogs and Sensors Standard From ASB


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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 Institute (ANSI). The standard is based partly on earlier work by the Toxicology Subcommittee of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science.

This standard contains requirements for the development of training of canine handlers and canines and will also detail the canine team assessments and the basis for certification procedures, including record keeping and document management. This standard does not cover discipline-specific guidelines.

ASB documents are available for download in the Published Documents portion of the ASB website.

The ASB is an ANSI-accredited Standards Developing Organization with the purpose of providing accessible, high-quality science-based consensus forensic standards. The ASB is a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), established in 2015 and accredited by the ANSI in 2016. The ASB is partially funded by a grant through the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

The ASB consists of Consensus Bodies (CB), which are open to all materially interested and affected individuals, companies, and organizations; a Board of Directors; and Staff.

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