ASB Newsletter—July 7, 2020


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Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat

Three New Forensic Standards from the ASB

The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of three new American National Standards.

  • ANSI/ASB Standard 023—Standard for Training in Forensic DNA Isolation and Purification Methods, First Edition, 2020, provides requirements to ensure proper training in the methods of DNA isolation and purification used within the trainee’s forensic DNA laboratory.
  • ANSI/ASB Standard 031—Standard for Report Writing in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, First Edition, 2020, provides guidelines for report writing in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (BPA). In addition, guidance is provided regarding statements to be avoided in the report.
  • ANSI/ASB Standard 111—Standard for Training in Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) Analysis for Taxonomic Identification, First Edition, 2020, provides requirements to ensure proper training in animal taxonomic identification based on mtDNA sequencing, data analysis, and reporting within the trainee’s forensic DNA laboratory.

ASB documents are available for download in the Published Documents portion of the ASB website.

ASB Documents Open for Public Comment

The ASB encourages all interested parties to provide comments on documents in progress. The following documents are available for Public Comment:

  • ASB Standard 014—Standard for Friction Ridge Examination Training Program, First Edition (Comment Deadline: August 17, 2020)
  • Recirculation*–ASB Standard 026—Canine Detection of Humans: An Aged Trail Using Pre-Scented Canines, First Edition (Comment Deadline: July 27, 2020)
  • ASB Best Practice Recommendation 052—Best Practice Recommendation for the Detection of Footwear and Tire Impression Evidence, First Edition (Comment Deadline: July 13, 2020)
  • ASB Best Practice Recommendation 094—Postmortem Impression Recovery: Guidance and Best Practices for Disaster Victim Identification, First Edition (Comment Deadline: July 13, 2020)

*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 section of the ASB website.

Final Call for Applications for ASB Consensus Bodies

The ASB is currently accepting applications for openings in the Consensus Bodies (CBs). In order to maintain a specific balance across interest categories, the ASB is soliciting members only in specific interest categories. Each CB consists of 7 to 25 members and is administered by the Secretariat with the Officers (Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary). ASB CBs are open to all materially interested and affected individuals, companies, and organizations.

Click here for detailed information and to download the application. Return all applications to asb@aafs.org by July 10, 2020.

ASB Document Added to the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) Registry

The OSAC Registry serves as a repository of scientifically sound forensic science standards that address discipline-specific forensic science needs. The following ASB document has been placed on the OSAC Registry:

ANSI/ASB Standard 036—Standard Practices for Method Validation in Forensic Toxicology, First Edition, 2019