ASB Newsletter—May 7, 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 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)

The following documents are also 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)

*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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