ASB Newsletter—February 12, 2021


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Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat

ASB Consensus Body Chair in the News!

In case you missed it, Kevin Kulbacki – Chair of the ASB Forensic Document Examination Consensus body – made an appearance on an NBC News special looking inside the IRS National Forensics Crime Lab.

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:

  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 092, Standard for Training and Certification of Canine Detection of Explosives, First Edition (Comment Deadline, March 29, 2021)

The following document are also available for public comment:

  • Recirculation* – ASB Best Practice Recommendation 008, Mass Fatality Scene Processing: Best Practice Recommendations for the Medicolegal Authority, First Edition (Comment Deadline, March 22, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 054, Standard for a Quality Control Program in Forensic Toxicology Laboratories, First Edition (Comment Deadline, March 15, 2021)
  • ASB Standard 070, Standard for Examination of Handwritten Items, First Edition (Comment Deadline, February 22, 2021)
  • ASB Standard 085, Standard for Detection Canine Selection, Kenneling, and Healthcare, First Edition (Comment Deadline, March 22, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 092, Standard for Training and Certification of Canine Detection of Explosives, First Edition (Comment Deadline, March 29, 2021)
  • ASB Best Practice Recommendation 108, Forensic Odontology in Disaster Victim Identification: Best Practice Recommendations for the Medicolegal Authority, First Edition (Comment Deadline, February 22, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 133, Standard for Age Estimation in Forensic Anthropology, First Edition (Comment Deadline, March 22, 2021)
  • ASB Standard 145, Standard for Consultation during Friction Ridge Examination, First Edition (Comment Deadline, March 8, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 146, Standard for Resolving Commingled Remains in Forensic Anthropology, First Edition (Comment Deadline, March 22, 2021)
  • ASB Standard 150, Standard for Determination of Medicolegal Significance from Skeletal Remains in Forensic Anthropology, First Edition (Comment Deadline, March 22, 2021)
  • ASB Standard 152, Standard for the Minimum Content Requirements of Forensic Toxicology Procedures, First Edition (Comment Deadline, March 15, 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.

Published Documents

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

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ASB updates from ANSI Standards Action

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