ASB Newsletter—December 17, 2021


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Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat


New Documents from the ASB!

The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication four new documents! .

Visit the new ASB Website to download the following documents

From Disaster Victim Identification:

  • ANSI/ASB BPR 108, Forensic Odontology in Disaster Victim Identification: Best Practice Recommendations for the Medicolegal Authority, First Edition, 2021

From Dogs and Sensors:

  • ANSI/ASB Std 024, Standard for Training and Certification of Canine Detection of Humans: Location Check Using Pre-scented Canines, First Edition, 2021sors:
  • ANSI/ASB Std 026, Standard for Training and Certification of Canine Detection of Humans: An Aged Trail Using Pre-scented Canines, First Edition, 2021
  • ANSI/ASB Std 027, Standard for Training and Certification of Canine Detection of Humans: Patrol Canine Team, First Edition, 2021

To date, the ASB has published 67 Standards/Best Practice Recommendations (all approved as American National Standards by ANSI), and 3 Technical Reports. All ASB publications can be downloaded from the ASB website.

 

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ASB Documents Open for Public Comment

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

The following documents are now open for public comment:

  • ASB Standard 148, Standard for Personal Identification in Forensic Anthropology (Comment Deadline: January 31, 2022)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 158, Standard for Developing Standard Operating Procedures in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (Comment Deadline: January 31, 2022)

The following documents are also available for public comment:

  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 013, Standard for Friction Ridge Examination Conclusions, First Edition (Comment Deadline, January 3, 2022)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 041, Formulating Propositions for Likelihood Ratios in Forensic DNA Interpretations, First Edition (Comment Deadline, December 27, 2021)
  • ASB Standard 100, Standard Scale of Source Conclusions Criteria for Toolmark Examinations, First Edition (ASB Comment Deadline, January 13, 2022)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 135, Scene Detection and Processing in Forensic Anthropology, First Edition (Comment Deadline, January 17, 2022)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 138, Standard for Collection of Known DNA Samples from Domestic Mammals, First Edition (Comment Deadline, December 27, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Best Practice Recommendation 142, Best Practice Recommendations for the Resolution of Conflicts in Friction Ridge Examination, First Edition (Comment Deadline, January 3, 2022)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Best Practice Recommendation 144, Best Practice Recommendations for the Verification Component in Friction Ridge Examination, First Edition (Comment Deadline, January 3, 2022)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 147, Standard for Analyzing Skeletal Trauma in Forensic Anthropology, First Edition (Comment Deadline, January 17, 2022)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 149, Standard for Taphonomic Observations in Support of the Postmortem Interval, First Edition (Comment Deadline, January 17, 2022)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 153, Standard Practices for Proficiency Testing for Forensic Toxicology Laboratories and Breath Alcohol Programs, First Edition (Comment Deadline, December 20, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Best Practice Recommendation 156, Best Practices for Specimen Collection and Preservation for Forensic Toxicology, First Edition (Comment Deadline, December 20, 2021)
  • ASB Standard 159, Standard for Scene Investigation, First Edition (Comment Deadline, December 20, 2021)
  • ASB Standard 168, Standard for Testimony Monitoring in Friction Ridge Examination, First Edition (Comment Deadline, December 27, 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 previous public comment period will not be accepted.

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


ASB updates from ANSI Standards Action

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.


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