ASB Newsletter—April 15, 2022


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Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat

Upcoming Standards Webinars and Presentations!

Standards: The Not-So-Missing Link – Webinar on April 21, 2022
Webinar on standards development and its application to forensic science!
As part of a cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) is offering a webinar to help address the need for training related to forensic science standards. Everyone involved in forensics at any level – practitioners, laboratory personnel, law enforcement, judges, attorneys, subject matter experts, forensic science students and so on – needs a solid grasp of how consensus-based standards support forensic science applications. This webinar will also be held on May 20, June 16, and July 21, 2022 at 3:00 PM ET.  Learn more and Register!

ANSI Spring 2022 Legal Issues Forum: Forensic Standards and Conformity Assessment
As part of its spring 2022 World Standards Week (WSW) series of events, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) will host a Legal Issues Forum on the theme, Forensic Standards and Conformity Assessment. The forum will take place on May 19 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.

The Legal Issues Forum will address the unique interplay between forensic standards, conformity assessment, and the law. The event will kick off with a keynote address by Judge Pamela King, District Court Judge, Minnesota’s 3rd Judicial District. The Hon. Pamela King is currently on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a member of the Academy Standards Board. Two panels will engage legal, forensic, and accreditation professionals, focused on two issues: Panel One: How Performance Can Be Assessed Against Forensic Standards – The Lab Perspective and Panel Two: How This Plays Out in the Courtroom. Learn more and Register.

ASB Documents Open for Public Comment

The ASB encourages all interested parties to provide comments on documents in progress.

The following documents are open for public comment:

  • ASB TR 016, Terminology Related to Friction Ridge Examination (Comment Deadline: April 25, 2022)
  • Recirculation* – ASB BPR 107, Best Practice Recommendation for Measuring Trigger Pull of a Firearm and Estimating Its Uncertainty (Comment Deadline: May 16, 2022)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Std 123, Standard for Routine Internal Evaluation of a Laboratory’s DNA Interpretation and Comparison Protocol (Comment Deadline: May 16, 2022)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Std 133, Standard for Age Estimation in Forensic Anthropology (Comment Deadline: May 16, 2022)
  • Recirculation* – ASB BPR 142, Best Practice Recommendations for the Resolution of Conflicts in Friction Ridge Examination (Comment Deadline: May 9, 2022)
  • Recirculation* – ASB BPR 144, Best Practice Recommendations for the Verification Component in Friction Ridge Examination (Comment Deadline: May 9, 2022)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Std 153, Standard Practices for Proficiency Testing for Forensic Toxicology Laboratories and Breath Alcohol Programs (Comment Deadline: May 16, 2022)
  • Recirculation* – ASB BPR 156, Best Practices for Specimen Collection and Preservation for Forensic Toxicology (Comment Deadline: May 16, 2022)
  • ASB Std 162, Standard for the Forensic Examination and Documentation of Non-firearm Tools and Non-firearm Toolmarks (Comment Deadline: May 16, 2022)

*Please note that comments on a re-circulation will only be accepted on revised sections of a document, comments made to text not revised from the previous public comment period will not be accepted.

The documents, comment template, and additional information can be accessed through the ASB website.


Published Documents
To date, the ASB has published 72 Standards/Best Practice Recommendations (all approved as American National Standards by ANSI), and 4 Technical Reports. All ASB publications can be downloaded from the ASB website.

Project Initiation Notification System (PINS) and ASB updates from ANSI Standards Action

The following proposed new document recently approved by the ASB for work:

  • ASB Std 180, Standard for the Selection and Evaluation of GenBank® Results for Taxonomic Assignment of Wildlife

Directly and materially affected interests wishing to receive more information or to submit comments are requested to contact asb@aafs.org within 30 days of the publication of this announcement.

To view a summary of items of interest to ASB members in ANSI Standards Action, visit the ANSI Standards Action Weekly Report folder on the ASB Workspace page. Please contact asb@aafs.org if you have difficulties logging on to the Workspace site.