ASB Newsletter—May 14, 2021


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Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat

Two New Documents from the ASB!

The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of a Two New Standards.

  • ANSI/ASB Standard 130, Standard for Training in Forensic DNA Amplification Methods for Subsequent Capillary Electrophoresis Sequencing, First Edition, 2021

This standard provides the general requirements for a forensic DNA laboratory’s training program in forensic DNA amplification methods for subsequent capillary electrophoresis (CE) sequencing. This standard applies to forensic human and wildlife mitochondrial DNA amplification, and wildlife nuclear DNA amplification.

  • ANSI/ASB Standard 134, Standard for Analyzing Pathological Conditions and Anomalies in Forensic Anthropology, First Edition, 2021

This standard sets forth techniques and approaches for describing, documenting, interpreting, and reporting pathological conditions and anomalies from skeletal and dental material and/or radiographic images. This document does not provide guidance for distinguishing between anomalies and normal skeletal variation, nor does it address cause and manner of death classification or skeletal trauma.

To date, the ASB has published 46 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.

 

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:

  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 054, Standard for a Quality Control Program in Forensic Toxicology Laboratories, First Edition (Comment Deadline, June 14, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Best Practice Recommendation 060, Guidelines for Barrel and Overall Length Measurements of Firearms, First Edition (Comment Deadline, June 14, 2021)
  • ASB Standard 123, Standard for Routine Internal Evaluation of a Laboratory’s DNA Interpretation and Comparison Protocol, First Edition (Comment Deadline, May 24, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 135, Scene Detection and Processing in Forensic Anthropology, First Edition (Comment Deadline, May 17, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 140, Standard for Training in Forensic Human Mitochondrial DNA Analysis, Interpretation, Comparison, Statistical Evaluation, and Reporting, First Edition (Comment Deadline, May 31, 2021)
  • ASB Standard 147, Standard for Analyzing Skeletal Trauma in Forensic Anthropology, First Edition (Comment Deadline, May 17, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 149, Standard for Taphonomic Observations in Support of the Postmortem Interval, First Edition (Comment Deadline, May 17, 2021)
  • ASB Best Practice Recommendation 156, Guidelines for Specimen Collection and Preservation for Forensic Toxicology, First Edition (Comment Deadline, May 31, 2021)
  • ASB Standard 157, Required Components for a Proficiency Testing Program in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, First Edition (Comment Deadline June 21, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 158, Standard for a Developing Standard Operating Procedures in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, First Edition (Comment Deadline, June 21, 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 previous 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.

 

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Contributions to the ASB

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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.