ASB Newsletter—October 16, 2020


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Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat

New Forensic Technical Report from the ASB!

The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of a new Technical Report.

  • ASB Technical Report 051, Scope of Work for a Footwear/Tire Examiner, First Edition, 2020
    This technical report covers the primary responsibilities, types of examinations, and constituent duties of a footwear/tire examiner for lab management, quality assurance, law enforcement and the judiciary. By omission it describes the types of examination that should not be performed by someone in this role.

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 050, Best Practice Recommendation for Photographic Documentation of Footwear and Tire Impression Evidence, First Edition (Comment Deadline, November 2, 2020)
  • ASB Standard 076, Standard for Training and Certification of Canine Detection of Human Remains: Human Remains on Land, First Edition (Commend Deadline, October 26, 2020)
  • 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)
  • Recirculation* –  ASB Standard 125, Organizational and Foundational Standard for Medicolegal Death Investigation, First Edition (Comment Deadline, November 2, 2020)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 130, Standard for Training in Forensic DNA Amplification Methods for Subsequent Capillary Electrophoresis Sequencing, First Edition (Comment Deadline, October 26, 2020)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 131, Standard for Training in Forensic DNA Sequencing using Capillary Electrophoresis, First Edition (Comment Deadline, October 26, 2020)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 134, Standard for Analyzing Pathological Conditions and Anomalies in Forensic Anthropology, First Edition (Comment Deadline, November 16, 2020)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 137, Standard for Examination and Documentation of Footwear and Tire Impression Evidence, First Edition (Comment Deadline, November 2, 2020)
  • ASB Standard 140, Standard for Training in Forensic Human Mitochondrial DNA Analysis, Interpretation, Statistical Evaluation, and Reporting, First Edition (ASB Comment Deadline, November 2, 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 re-circulation 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 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.