ASB Newsletter—March 5, 2021


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Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat

 

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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 153, Standard Practices for Proficiency Testing for Forensic Toxicology Laboratories, First Edition (Comment Deadline, April 19, 2021)

The following document are also available for public comment:

  • Recirculation* – ASB Best Practice Recommendation 008, Mass Fatality Scene Processing: Best Practice Recommendations for the Medicolegal Authority, First Edition (Comment Deadline, March 22, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Best Practice Recommendation 052, Best Practice Recommendation for the Detection and Collection of Footwear and Tire Impression Evidence, First Edition (Comment Deadline, April 5, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 054, Standard for a Quality Control Program in Forensic Toxicology Laboratories, First Edition (Comment Deadline, March 15, 2021)
  • ASB Standard 085, Standard for Detection Canine Selection, Kenneling, and Healthcare, First Edition (Comment Deadline, March 22, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 092, Standard for Training and Certification of Canine Detection of Explosives, First Edition (Comment Deadline, March 29, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 133, Standard for Age Estimation in Forensic Anthropology, First Edition (Comment Deadline, March 22, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 137, Standard for Examination and Documentation of Footwear and Tire Impression Evidence, First Edition (Comment Deadline, April 5, 2021)
  • ASB Standard 145, Standard for Consultation during Friction Ridge Examination, First Edition (Comment Deadline, March 8, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 146, Standard for Resolving Commingled Remains in Forensic Anthropology, First Edition (Comment Deadline, March 22, 2021)
  • ASB Standard 150, Standard for Determination of Medicolegal Significance from Skeletal Remains in Forensic Anthropology, First Edition (Comment Deadline, March 22, 2021)
  • ASB Standard 152, Standard for the Minimum Content Requirements of Forensic Toxicology Procedures, First Edition (Comment Deadline, March 15, 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.

 

Detection Dogs Screening for COVID-19

A member of the ASB Dogs and Sensors consensus body is involved in the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, they are working on novel ways to safely and scientifically work with detection dogs to determine if they can help screen for COVID-19.

Have you recently been tested or vaccinated for COVID-19? You may be eligible to participate in an important study to determine if dogs can detect COVID-19! To read more visit www.vet.upenn.edu/wdc or complete the eligibility survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/K9Tshirt.

 

73rd AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting Follow Up

The AAFS 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting was a huge success! Remember, recorded presentations will be available to all meeting registrants for three months post-conference through the vFairs Virtual Event Platform.

 

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.

 

 Contributions to the ASB

The ASB would like to thank Sections for their contributions during the AAFS Annual Business Meetings: Anthropology, Criminalistics, General, Jurisprudence, Questioned Documents, and Toxicology.

Your contribution will help ensure the ASB’s success in establishing standards and best practices for the forensic science community. Your contribution may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense for federal income tax purposes. Make a donation.

 

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.