ASB Newsletter—February 4, 2022

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Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat


AAFS 2022 Annual Scientific Conference!

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Standards Sessions and Presentations at the AAFS 2022 Annual Scientific Conference – February 21 – 25

  • Breakfast Seminar 1 – Monday, February 21, 7:00 AM -8:15 AM: The Path Forward Continues: What’s Happening in Forensic Standards
  • Workshop 2 – Monday, February 21, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Forensic DNA Activities: Foundations, Research, and Standards
  • Workshop 9 – Monday, February 21, 8:30 AM – 12:15 PM: Forensic Science Standards Development and Implementation… You Want Me to Do What?
  • Special Session 1 – Tuesday, February 22, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM: Interdisciplinary Symposium: Problems of Today and Solutions for Tomorrow
  • Luncheon 2 – Friday, February 25, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: What’s New From the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International’s
    Committee E30 on Forensic Sciences: Big Changes Underway!

Register now for the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) 74th Annual Scientific Conference!

Additional Standards Presentations at AAFS 2022

Visit the OSAC Website for these OSAC and standards-related presentations, workshops, and seminars!


Academy News – Update on Standards Development Activities and Engagement

The AAFS has continued to affirm its support for standards development activities over the years. In October 2017, a statement from the AAFS Board of Directors acknowledged the leadership and work of the OSAC, the role of the ASB, and importantly, the individual efforts of AAFS members in standards development activities.


ASB Documents Open for Public Comment

The ASB encourages all interested parties to provide comments on documents in progress.
The following document is now open for public comment:

  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 132, Standard for Population Affinity Estimation in Forensic Anthropology, First Edition

The following documents are also open for public comment:

  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 055, Standard for Breath Alcohol Measuring Instrument Calibration (Comment Deadline: February 21, 2022) Please note that for this document, the entire updated document is open for comment.
  • ASB Technical Report 071, Forensic Document Examination Terms and Definitions (Comment Deadline: February 21, 2022)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 127, Standard for the Preservation and Examination of Charred Documents (Comment Deadline: February 21, 2022)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 128, Standard for the Preservation and Examination of Liquid Soaked Documents (Comment Deadline: February 21, 2022)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 145, Standard for Consultation during Friction Ridge Examination (Comment Deadline: March 14, 2022)
  • Recirculation * – ASB Standard 157, Required Components for a Proficiency Testing Program in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (Comment Deadline: February 21, 2022)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Best Practice Recommendation 160, Best Practice Recommendation for Initial Response at Scenes by Law Enforcement Officers (Comment Deadline: February 21, 2022)
  • ASB Best Practice Recommendation 165, Best Practice Recommendation for Analysis of Friction Ridge Impressions (Comment Deadline: March 14, 2022)
  • ASB Best Practice Recommendation 166, Best Practice Recommendation for Comparison and Evaluation of Friction Ridge Impressions (Comment Deadline: March 14, 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.



Validating a Postmortem Forensic Volatile Analysis Method by HS-GC-FID to ANSI/ASB Standard 036 – Presented by Shimadzu!
Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) analysis by headspace gas chromatography with flame ionization detection (HS-GC-FID) remains the gold standard of analysis in most forensic toxicology laboratories today. With the publication of ANSI/ASB Standard 036, Standard Practices for Method Validation in Forensic Toxicology, on the OSAC Registry in 2020, many forensic toxicology laboratories needed to update and incorporate these new method validation standards into their laboratory’s workflows.
Date: Wednesday, February 09, 2022
Time: 02:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Duration: 1 hour
Visit the Shimadzu website for additional details and registration


Published ASB Documents

To date, the ASB has published 70 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.


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 if you have difficulties logging on to the Workspace site.