ASB Newsletter—September 3, 2021

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Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat

New Document From the ASB!

The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of:

  • ANSI/ASB Best Practice Recommendation 008, Mass Fatality Scene Processing: Best Practice Recommendations for the Medicolegal Authority, First Edition, 2021
    This document provides definitions, guidelines, and best practices for the detection, processing, and recovery of physical and contextual evidence associated with mass fatality disaster scenes to ensure that evidence is carefully and consistently documented, and recovered in situ. This document focuses on terrestrial scenes that do not involve a significant hazardous materials component. The purpose of these guidelines is to ensure that appropriate strategies are followed for the search and documentation of the scene, and the recovery of human remains, personal effects, and other probative evidence, while maintaining the chain-of-custody of all items, and ensuring that all areas associated with the scene are processed in a systematic manner.

To date, the ASB has published 52 Standards/Best Practice Recommendations (all approved as American National Standards by ANSI), and 3 Technical Reports. All ASB publications can be downloaded from 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:

  • ASB Best Practice Recommendation 160, Best Practice Recommendation for Initial Response at Scenes by Law Enforcement Officers, First Edition (Comment Deadline, October 18, 2021)

The following documents are also available for public comment:

  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 096, Standard Method for the Examination and Documentation of Ammunition and Ammunition Components, First Edition (Comment Deadline September 20, 2021)
  • Recirculation* – ASB Standard 136, Forensic Laboratory Standard for Prevention, Monitoring, and Mitigation of Human DNA Contamination, First Edition (Comment Deadline, September 27, 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.


Updates on the AAFS 2022 Annual Scientific Conference

“A Responsive Academy-Meeting and Surpassing the Challenges of a Modern Forensic Science World”

Visit the AAFS website for ongoing updates for the 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting, including important conference dates, hotel information, sponsorship opportunities, and more!


Conduct an Educational & Scientific Webinar With AAFS

Presenting educational webinars is a valuable tool for offering engaging and valuable content on a specific topic.

Forensic science is an ever-changing and developing scientific field that requires rigorous efforts in continuing education. We offer all qualified individuals the opportunity to conduct an educational scientific webinar to the public that we create, host, and market. Visit the AAFS website to learn about the three different options for conducting your webinar.


Shop Amazon Smile to Support AAFS and ASB

You can now shop on behalf of the AAFS through Amazon Smile in effort to support your favorite non-profit! Read more about it and find our specific shopping link.


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 if you have difficulties logging on to the Workspace site.