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The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is up and running. Accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in December 2015, the ASB was officially incorporated as a subsidiary of the AAFS in January of this year. The ASB boasts an impressive staff headed by Brad Wing, Secretariat, who administers the ASB, along with Teresa Ambrosius, the organization’s Technical Coordinator. In addition, Mary McKiel, who drafted the original application to ANSI, has agreed to stay on board as a consultant.
The ASB Board of Directors is comprised of seven members: Dave Baker, Joe Bono, Lucy Davis, Christine Funk, Jane Lewis, Tim Palmbach, and Lindsey Thomas. Long-time AAFS member Lucy Davis chairs the Board. The Board has the responsibility of ensuring that the standards development work of the ASB conforms to the ANSI’s essential requirements for openness, balance, non-dominance, and due process. The ASB approves membership on the Consensus Bodies – which does the hands-on work of developing standards, technical reports, and best-practice recommendations – based on these requirements.
The large number of applications for Consensus Body participation provides testimony to the positive reception of the AAFS ASB. Following the first set of application deadlines, the Board is currently in the process of identifying members for four new standardization projects.
- Disaster Victim Identification
- Friction Ridge
- Wildlife Forensics
In addition, the following applications periods are currently open with deadline dates indicated:
- Anthropology – April 26, 2016
- Bloodstain Pattern Analysis – April 12, 2016
- Firearms and Toolmarks – April 12, 2016
- Footwear and Tire – April 12, 2016
- Forensic Document Examination – April 12, 2016
- Medicolegal Death Investigation – April 12, 2016
- Odontology – April 12, 2016
- Patterned Injury – April 12, 2016
- Toxicology – April 26, 2016
The ASB is very pleased with the progress to date and looks forward to the next few months when work will actually be underway. Please see the website at http://asb.aafs.org for more information about the ASB.