ASB Newsletter—December 18, 2020


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Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat

ASB Documents Open for Public Comment

The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) encourages all interested parties to provide comments on documents in progress.

The public comment period has opened for:

  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 119, Standard for the Analytical Scope and Sensitivity of Forensic Toxicological Testing of Blood in Medicolegal Death Investigations, First Edition (comment deadline: February 1, 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 (comment deadline: February 1, 2021)
  • ASB Standard 149, Standard for Taphonomic Observations in Support of the Postmortem Interval, First Edition (comment deadline: February 1, 2021)
  • ASB Standard 158, Standard for a Developing Standard Operating Procedures in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, First Edition (comment deadline: February 1, 2021)

The following documents are also available for public comment:

  • Recirculation* – ASB Best Practice Recommendation 060, Guidelines for Barrel and Overall Length Measurements of Firearms, First Edition (comment deadline: January 25, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 061, Firearms and Toolmarks 3D Measurement Systems and Measurement Quality Control, First Edition (ASB comment deadline: January 14, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 098, Standard for Mass Spectral Data Acceptance in Forensic Toxicology, First Edition (comment deadline: January 18, 2021)
  • ASB Best Practice Recommendation 107, Best Practice Recommendation for Measuring Trigger Pull of a Firearm and Estimating Its Uncertainty, First Edition (comment deadline: January 25, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 113, Standard for Identification Criteria in Forensic Toxicology, First Edition (comment deadline: January 18, 2021)
  • ASB Standard 139, Reporting DNA Conclusions, First Edition (Comment Deadline, January 18, 2021)
  • ASB Best Practice Recommendation 142, Best Practice Recommendations for the Resolution of Conflicts in Friction Ridge Examination, First Edition (comment deadline: January 25, 2021)
  • ASB Best Practice Recommendation 143, Best Practice Recommendations for Technical Review in Friction Ridge Examination, First Edition (comment deadline: January 25, 2021)
  • ASB Best Practice Recommendation 144, Best Practice Recommendations for the Verification Component in Friction Ridge Examination, First Edition (comment deadline: January 25, 2021)

*Please note that comments on a recirculation 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.

 

Published Documents

To date, the ASB has published 44 Standards/Best Practice Recommendations (all approved as American National Standards by the American National Standards Institute [ANSI]) and 3 Technical Reports. All ASB publications can be downloaded for free from the Published Documents portion of the ASB website.

 

The 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting Program Information Is Available and Registration Is Now Live!

The Board of Directors, Annual Program Committee, and Staff are eager to invite you to register for the 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting and the FIRST VIRTUAL MEETING! We have all been working diligently to offer most of the functions presented at a live meeting. Visit the 73rd Annual AAFS Scientific Meeting website.

 

Exhibit at the 2021 Annual Scientific Virtual Meeting!

We anticipate attendance at the 2021 meeting will be greater than ever as forensic scientists from around the globe will be able to participate virtually from their offices or homes. Our immersive virtual format will offer attendees an efficient way to learn about your products and services.

Exposure to your products and services will not end when the five-day meeting is over. The exhibit hall will remain active for 30 days, which allows you more time for interactions and connections with potential customers. Visit the Exhibitor page for more information.

 

Contribute to the ASB

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 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.