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Source: Mary C. McKiel, PhD, Communications Liaison
The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) welcomed more than 30 new voting members this month as a result of the ASB annual review of membership. In accord with their accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the ASB reviews membership at least annually to ensure that each of ASB’s 12 Consensus Bodies (CBs) meets the ANSI’s requirements for a balance of interest categories among voting members.
Each CB is limited to no less than 7 and no more than 25 voting members at one time. This limitation, specified in ASB Operating Procedures, enables efficient consensus standards development. The ASB adheres to strict requirements for balance-of-interest categories among the voting members. Observers are always allowed, although active participation by non-voting members is at the discretion of the CB chair.
New voting members are appointed to CBs for various reasons. For example, some CBs seek additional voting members to reach the full complement of 25, while others are trying to reach more balance in interest categories.
As changes occur, it is important that the ASB maintains a list of qualified and willing applicants. The influx of experts, practitioners, individuals, organizations, and others to the ASB’s applicant roster demonstrates ongoing and growing interest in the ASB’s standards work from the broad forensics communities.
Welcome to all the new members! The ASB looks forward to welcoming more members at next year’s annual review.