ASB Newsletter—April 9, 2021


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Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat

Statement From the AAFS Board of Directors on Supporting Standards Development and Implementation

In an effort to show ongoing support to the standardization process and OSAC partners, the AAFS board of directors has issued a statement of support.

Introduction to the ASB Presentation

On April 7, 2021, the ASB staff gave an online presentation to the AAFS Standards Board new consensus body members outlining the history, structure, and processes of the ASB. The presentation has been posted on the Resources and Training page of the ASB website.

ASB Documents Open for Public Comment

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

The public comment period has opened for:

  • ASB Standard 123, Standard for Routine Internal Evaluation of a Laboratory’s DNA Interpretation and Comparison Protocol, First Edition (Comment Deadline, May 24, 2021)

The following document are also available for public comment:

  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 024, Standard for Training and Certification of Canine Detection of Humans: Location Check Using Pre‐scented Canines, First Edition (ASB Comment Deadline, May 6, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 026, Standard for Training and Certification of Canine Detection of Humans: An Aged Trail Using Pre-scented Canines, First Edition (ASB Comment Deadline, May 6, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 027, Standard for Training and Certification of Canine Detection of Humans: Patrol Canine Team, First Edition (ASB Comment Deadline, May 6, 2021)
  • Call for Comment of ANS Limited Substantive Changes – ANSI/ASB Standard 036, Standard Practices for Method Validation in Forensic Toxicology, First Edition, 2019 (Comment Deadline, May 10 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 121, Standard for the Analytical Scope and Sensitivity of Forensic Toxicological Testing of Urine in Drug-Facilitated Crime Investigations, First Edition (ASB Comment Deadline, May 6, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 135, Scene Detection and Processing in Forensic Anthropology, First Edition (Comment Deadline, May 17, 2021)
  • ASB Standard 147, Standard for Analyzing Skeletal Trauma in Forensic Anthropology, First Edition (Comment Deadline, May 17, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 149, Standard for Taphonomic Observations in Support of the Postmortem Interval, First Edition (Comment Deadline, May 17, 2021)
  • ASB Standard 153, Standard Practices for Proficiency Testing for Forensic Toxicology Laboratories, First Edition (Comment Deadline, April 19, 2021)

*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 original public comment period will not be accepted.

The documents, comment template, and additional information can be accessed through the Notification of Standard Development and Coordination portion of the ASB website.

Contributions To the ASB

The ASB would like to thank Sections for their contributions during the AAFS Annual Business Meetings: Anthropology, Criminalistics, Engineering and Applied Sciences, General, Jurisprudence, Questioned Documents, and Toxicology.

Your contribution will help ensure the ASB’s success in establishing standards and best practices for the forensic science community. Your contribution may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense for federal income tax purposes. Make a donation.

ASB Document Added to the OSAC Registry

The OSAC Registry serves as a repository of scientifically sound forensic science standards that address discipline-specific forensic science needs. The following ASB document has been placed on the OSAC Registry:

  • ANSI/ASB Best Practice Recommendation 068, Safe Handling of Firearms and Ammunition, First Edition, 2020 (added April 6, 2021).