ASB Newsletter—November 12, 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 following documents are now open for public comment:

  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 041, Formulating Propositions for Likelihood Ratios in Forensic DNA Interpretations, First Edition (Comment Deadline, December 27, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 138, Standard for Collection of Known DNA Samples from Domestic Mammals, First Edition (Comment Deadline, December 27, 2021)
  • ASB Standard 168, Standard for Testimony Monitoring in Friction Ridge Examination, First Edition (Comment Deadline, December 27, 2021)

The following documents are also available for public comment:

  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 098, Standard for Mass Spectral Analysis in Forensic Toxicology, First Edition (Comment Deadline, November 22, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Best Practice Recommendation 107, Best Practice Recommendation for Measuring Trigger Pull of a Firearm and Estimating Its Uncertainty, First Edition (Comment Deadline, November 29, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 113, Standard for Identification Criteria in Forensic Toxicology, First Edition (Comment Deadline, November 22, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 137, Standard for Examination and Documentation of Footwear and Tire Impression Evidence, First Edition (Comment Deadline, November 29, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 153, Standard Practices for Proficiency Testing for Forensic Toxicology Laboratories and Breath Alcohol Programs, First Edition (Comment Deadline, December 20, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Best Practice Recommendation 156, Best Practices for Specimen Collection and Preservation for Forensic Toxicology, First Edition (Comment Deadline, December 20, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 157, Required Components for a Proficiency Testing Program in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, First Edition (Comment Deadline, November 29, 2021)
  • ASB Standard 159, Standard for Scene Investigation, First Edition (Comment Deadline, December 20, 2021)
  • ASB Standard 169, Standard for Veterinary Forensic Live Animal Examination, First Edition (Comment Deadline, December 13, 2021)
  • ASB Standard 170, Standard for Veterinary Forensic Postmortem Examination, First Edition (Comment Deadline, December 13, 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.

 

Call for Members for the ASB Consensus Bodies

The ASB is currently accepting applications for the consensus bodies. Each CB consists of 7 to 25 members and creates and approves by consensus Forensic Standards, Best Practice Recommendations, Guidelines, and Technical Reports. The CBs also consider comments, views, and objections to ballots and resolve all comments received in connection with the development of documents. ASB CBs are open to all materially interested and affected individuals, companies, and organizations. Please complete the application by November 19, 2021.

 

Published Documents

To date, the ASB has published 63 Standards/Best Practice Recommendations (all approved as American National Standards by ANSI), and 4 Technical Reports. All ASB publications can be downloaded from the Published Documents portion of the ASB website.

 

AAFS Connect Digital Content Available!

AAFS Connect is the hub of official scientific and educational digital content provided by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. AAFS Connect provides previously recorded annual scientific conference workshops, previously recorded AAFS Webinars, educational sessions, and more. View on demand from anywhere and at a time that is most convenient for you. Visit the AAFS Connect site now!

 

Contributions to the ASB

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.