ASB Newsletter—November 6, 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.

  • ASB Best Practice Recommendation 126, Best Practice Recommendation for Casting Footwear and Tire Impression Evidence at the Crime Scene, First Edition, 2020
    This document provides best practice recommendations for casting of footwear and tire impression evidence by appropriate personnel. Following the recommendations set forth in this document should result in the optimal recovery of impressions. Deviations from this document may/may not preclude examination of recovered impressions. The procedures included in this document may not cover all aspects of unusual or uncommon conditions. This document is not intended as a substitute for training in the detection of footwear and tire track evidence. Completion of a training program and experience in these skills is essential to understanding and applying the principles outlined in this document.

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 following documents are available for Public Comment:

  • ASB Best Practice Recommendation 008, Mass Fatality Scene Processing: Best Practice Recommendations for the Medicolegal Authority, First Edition (Comment deadline: November 16, 2020)
  • ASB Standard 013, Standard for Friction Ridge Examination Conclusions, First Edition (Comment deadline: November 16, 2020)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 027, Standard for Training and Certification of Canine Detection of Humans: Patrol Canine Team, First Edition (Comment deadline: November 30, 2020)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Best Practice Recommendation 114, Best Practice Recommendations for Internal Validation of Software Used in Forensic DNA Laboratories, First Edition (ASB Comment deadline: November 26, 2020)
  • 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)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 134, Standard for Analyzing Pathological Conditions and Anomalies in Forensic Anthropology, First Edition (Comment deadline: November 16, 2020)
  • ASB Standard 146, Standard for Resolving Commingled Remains in Forensic Anthropology, First Edition (Comment deadline: November 16, 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 asb@aafs.org if you have difficulties logging on to the Workspace site.