ASB Newsletter—January 8, 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:

  • 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)

The following document 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)
  • 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 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)
  • 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.

 

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.

 

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

PLENARY SESSION

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?

CASE BREAK SESSION

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?

STANDARDS CONSORTIUM

Tuesday February 16, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – The Implementation of Forensic Science Standards in an Operational Setting: Challenges and Solutions (note: this session may be rescheduled to Tuesday morning because of a scheduling conflict)

WORKSHOPS

Monday, February 15, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – W9 What They Don’t Know Can Kill You ($50 members/$100 non-members)

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 ($50 members/$100 non-members)

SECTION PRESENTATIONS

CRIMINALISTICS

Wednesday, February 17, 10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – B29 Defining and Explaining Comparative Spectral Differences Within the Organization of Scientific Area Committee’s (OSAC’s) Trace Materials Standards

Friday, February 19, 1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – B152 A Standard Development for Visual Color Determination and Comparison in Forensic Soil Examinations: The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) Subcommittee on Geological Materials

DIGITAL & MULTIMEDIA SCIENCES

Friday, February 19, 9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. – C19 The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) Digital/Multimedia Scientific Area Committee Standards Work-Part 1: Digital Evidence and Speaker Recognition

Friday, February 19, 9:20 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.-  C20 The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) Digital/Multimedia Scientific Area Committee Standards Work-Part 2: Video/Imaging Technology & Analysis (VITAL) and Facial Identification

ENGINEERING & APPLIED SCIENCES

Friday, February, 19, 11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – D25 The Role of Standards and Case Law Relating to Forensic Analysis in Walkway-Safety Incidents: Part One

Friday, February, 19, 11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – D26 The Role of Standards and Case Law Relating to Forensic Analysis in Walkway-Safety Incidents: Part Two

JURISPRUDENCE

Thursday, February 18, 10:05 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. – F4 Implementing Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) Standards at the Local Level: Lessons from Texas

QUESTION DOCUMENTS

Thursday, February 18, 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – J11 Standards for the Examination of Documents Using a Digital Workspace

For registration and additional information on these sessions, visit the 73rd AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting website.

 

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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.