ASB Newsletter—January 29, 2021

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Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat

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 054, Standard for a Quality Control Program in Forensic Toxicology Laboratories, First Edition (Comment Deadline, March 15, 2021)
  • ASB Standard 152, Standard for the Minimum Content Requirements of Forensic Toxicology Procedures, First Edition (Comment Deadline, March 15, 2021)

The following document are also available for public comment:

  • ASB Standard 070, Standard for Examination of Handwritten Items, First Edition (Comment Deadline, February 22, 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 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 145, Standard for Consultation during Friction Ridge Examination, First Edition (Comment Deadline, March 5, 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)

*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.


Standards Sessions and Presentations at the 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting – February 15 – 19


Wednesday, February 17, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – One Academy Pursuing Justice Through Truth in Evidence

Wednesday, February 17, 9:40 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. – Forensic Science Standards Development and Use: What Is the Value to the American Legal System?


Tuesday, February 16, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. – CB1  Forensics Standards Development: What’s New with Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) and What is the Organization of Scientific Area Committees’ (OSAC’s) Role?


Tuesday February 16, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – The Implementation of Forensic Science Standards in an Operational Setting: Challenges and Solutions


Monday, February 15, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – W1 A Complete Introduction to Digitally Captured Signatures (DCS) and a Tutorial for Namirial’s Firma Certa Forensic Analysis Tool

Monday, February 15, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – W9 What They Don’t Know Can Kill You

Tuesday, February 16 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – W19 Most Valuable Publications (MVPs) of Forensic DNA: Examining the Most Valuable Publications in the Field-1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. A Review of Training Standards

Webinar Series from Promega Corporation

Biology/DNA Standards and Best Practices – Developed by OSAC & ASB

This series of webinars provides information on new/emerging standards and best practice recommendations applicable to forensic biology and DNA testing laboratories. These documents include new requirements for training and validation in serology and various aspects of DNA testing, as well as DNA data interpretation and software, and protocol development and verification.

Did you miss any of the live webinars, or would like to go back and watch any of them again? You can now view any of them at your convenience on-demand.

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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