ASB Newsletter—October 2, 2020


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Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat

ASB Documents Open for Public Comment

The Academy Standards Board (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 Best Practice Recommendation 050, Best Practice Recommendation for Photographic Documentation of Footwear and Tire Impression Evidence, First Edition (Comment deadline: November 2, 2020)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 054, Standard for a Quality Control Program in Forensic Toxicology Laboratories, First Edition (Comment deadline: October 5, 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)
  • 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)
  • ASB Standard 136, Forensic Laboratory Standards for Prevention, Monitoring, and Mitigation of DNA Contamination, First Edition (Comment deadline: September 28, 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)x

*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 section of the ASB website.

 

Published Documents

To date, the ASB has published 41 Standards/Best Practice Recommendations (all approved as American National Standards by the American National Standards Institute [ANSI]), and 3 Technical Reports. All ASB publications can be downloaded for free from the Published Documents section of the ASB website.

 

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 onto the Workspace site.