New Forensic Standard in Footwear and Tire Evidence From ASB

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Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat

The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ASB Technical Report 097, Terminology Used for Forensic Footwear and Tire Evidence, First Edition, 2019. This document is a compilation of terms commonly used in footwear and tire examination.

This technical report is targeted for forensic science professionals actively engaged in the discipline of footwear and tire examination. It is not intended to define every term potentially applicable to forensic footwear and tire evidence, but define commonly used terms in the discipline.

This and all ASB documents are available for download in the Published Documents portion of the ASB website (

The ASB is a Standards Developing Organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)*, with the purpose of providing accessible, high-quality, science-based consensus forensic standards. The ASB is a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), established in 2015 and accredited by ANSI in 2016. As such, the ASB standards developing process meets ANSI’s Essential Requirements: Due process requirements for American National Standards (ANS). ( ASB operates an open, balanced, transparent, and consensus-based process that includes at least one public comment period for each standard, guide, or technical report before the document is finalized.

The ASB consists of 12 Consensus Bodies (CB) with more than 300 members covering a wide range of forensic disciplines. Currently, ASB volunteers are working on more than 103 documents. The ASB is served by a Board of Directors and staff and is partially funded by a grant through the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

*ANSI is the coordinator of the United States standardization and conformity assessment systems, and accredits standards developing organizations that meet ANSI’s Essential Requirements. ANSI is also the United States member to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).