ASB Newsletter—March 18, 2022

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Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat

Upcoming Standards Webinars and Presentations!

Standards: The Not-So-Missing Link – Webinar on April 21, 2022
Webinar on standards development and its application to forensic science!
As part of a cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) has created a new video to help address the need for training related to forensic science standards. Learn more and Register!

The International Association for Chemical Testing (IACT) Conference – April 10-15, 2022, Tucson, AZ


  • Expert Testimony Training: 300 Level
  • Guidelines for Performing Alcohol Calculations
  • ASB Document Implementation


  • Standards Activities in Forensic Toxicology
  • I’m just a bill (isn’t that more catchy than I’m just a draft OSAC/ASB/Toxicology Consensus Body Standard)

Learn more and Register!

Webinar: Committee E30 on Forensic Sciences Announces a More Open and Inclusive Process – March 23, 2022
E30 began publishing American National Standards effective August 2021. This new process allows interested stakeholders the opportunity to provide comments on draft standards.
During the webinar, presenters will provide information on how to actively participate in the consensus-based standards development process, as an E30 committee member, E30 technical contact, and/or as a public commentor. Learn more and Register!

ASB Documents Open for Public Comment

The ASB encourages all interested parties to provide comments on documents in progress.

The following documents are open for public comment:

  • ASB TR 016, Terminology Related to Friction Ridge Examination (Comment Deadline: April 25, 2022)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Std 070, Standard for Examination of Handwritten Items (Comment Deadline: April 4, 2022)
  • ASB Std 078, Standard for Training in Forensic Autosomal Short Tandem Repeat (STR) Data and Y-STR Data Interpretation and Comparison (Comment Deadline: March 28, 2022)
  • ASB Std 079, Standard for Training in the use of Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) (Comment Deadline: March 28, 2022)
  • ASB Std 080, Standard for Training in Forensic DNA Reporting and Review (Comment Deadline: March 28, 2022)
  • ASB Std 081, Standard for Training in the Use of Statistics in Interpretation of Forensic DNA Evidence (Comment Deadline: March 28, 2022)
  • ASB Std 091, Standard for Training in Analysis of Forensic Short Tandem Repeat (STR) Data (Comment Deadline: March 28, 2022)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Std 132, Standard for Population Affinity Estimation in Forensic Anthropology, First Edition (Comment Deadline: March 21, 2022)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Std137, Standard for Examination and Documentation of Footwear and Tire Impression Evidence (Comment Deadline: March 28, 2022)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Std 154, Standard for Training on Testimony for Forensic Biology (Comment Deadline: March 28, 2022)
  • ASB Std 155, Standard for Minimum Training Requirements for Forensic Document Examiners (Comment Deadline: March 28, 2022)
  • ASB BPR 171, Best Practice Recommendations for the Management and Use of Quality Assurance DNA Elimination Databases in Forensic DNA Analysis (Comment Deadline: March 28, 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.

Academy Apercus-March 2022
Welcome to the Academy Apercus, a monthly feature that celebrates 75 years of forensic science by spotlighting the history and anticipating the future of each section of the Academy. Beginning with the Jurisprudence Section and progressing through each section in the order of acknowledgement by the Academy, a senior member will join with a junior member to memorialize salient events, highlight members, and provide insight into why the Academy remains the premier forensic science organization in the world. Click here to read about the Jurisprudence Section at 75 Years!

Published Documents
To date, the ASB has published 72 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.