ASB Newsletter—November 30, 2020

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Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat

The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of a new Forensic Standard

  • ANSI/ASB Standard 093, Standard Test Method for the Forensic Examination and Testing of Firearms, First Edition, 2020
    This document establishes standard procedures for the examination and testing of a firearm by firearm and toolmark examiners or technicians. Following these procedures, an examiner or technician will be able to conduct, document, and report the examination and testing of a firearm.

ASB documents are available for download in 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 public comment period has opened for:

  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 061, Firearms and Toolmarks 3D Measurement Systems and Measurement Quality Control, First Edition (ASB comment deadline: January 14, 2021)

The following documents are also available for public comment:

  • ASB Standard 127, Standard for the Preservation and Examination of Charred Documents, First Edition (Comment deadline: December 14, 2020)
  • ASB Standard 128, Standard for the Preservation and Examination of Liquid-Soaked Documents, First Edition (Comment deadline: December 14, 2020)
  • ASB Standard 132, Standard for Population Affinity Estimation in Forensic Anthropology, First Edition (Comment deadline: December 7, 2020)

*Please note that comments on a recirculation 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.


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ASB Updates From ANSI Standards Action

To view a summary of items of interest to ASB members in the American National Standards Institute (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.