New Forensic Standard in Toxicology From ASB

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Source:  Lucy A. Davis, BHS, Chair, ASB Board of Directors

The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ANSI/ASB Standard 017, Standard Practices for Measurement Traceability in Forensic Toxicology. The standard defines the minimum requirements for establishing measurement traceability in forensic toxicology laboratories.

The standard establishes traceability of a measurement to ensure confidence and reliability in forensic toxicological test results. It was developed by the Toxicology Subcommittee of the Organizational Scientific Area Committee and was prepared and finalized as an American National Standard by the Toxicology Consensus Body of the ASB.

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

The AAFS Standards Board (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).

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