News Related to: External Organizations


ASB Newsletter—September 3, 2021

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 […]


FEPAC Call for Comments on Proposed Update to Standard 4.3 Program Director

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator Pursuant to the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) Policies and Procedures, Policy 1.4 Scope of Accreditation, FEPAC promotes academic quality through the formal accreditation of forensic science programs in the United States and abroad. FEPAC accredits forensic science education programs that lead to a bachelor’s […]


Standard Spotlight: Forensic Toxicology Testing of Blood in Impaired Driving

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat ANSI/ASB Standard 120, First Edition, 2021 The newest standard from the American National Standards Institute/Academy Standards Board (ANSI/ASB), The Standard for the Analytical Scope and Sensitivity of Forensic Toxicological Testing of Blood in Impaired Driving Investigations, First Edition, 2021, sets a new critical precedent in impaired driving investigations. The National […]


ASB Newsletter—August 13, 2021

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat   Three New Documents from the ASB! The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of three new documents: ANSI/ASB Best Practice Recommendation 050, Best Practice Recommendation for Photographic Documentation of Footwear and Tire Impression Evidence, First Edition, 2021 This document provides the best practice recommendations for […]


Forensic Science Organization to Draft Standards for Sexual Assault Examinations

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST OSAC seeks qualified applicants for new forensic nursing subcommittee The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC), which is administered by NIST, will launch a new subcommittee that will draft standards for collecting physical evidence […]


ASB Newsletter—July 16, 2021

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat Training on Manual and Style Guide for ASB Standards, Guidelines, Best Practice Recommendations, and Technical Reports and the ASB Supplemental Style Guide The ASB has published an updated Manual and Style Guide for ASB Standards, Guidelines, Best Practice Recommendations, and Technical Reports and we now have an ASB Supplemental Style […]


ASB Newsletter—June 25, 2021

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat 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 Standard 138, Standard for Collection of Known DNA Samples from Domestic Mammals, First Edition (Comment Deadline, August 9, 2021) The following documents are […]


ASB Newsletter—June 11, 2021

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat AAFS and ASB Webinar! There is still time to register for this 1-hour educational webinar, Standard Practices for Measurement Traceability in Forensic Toxicology, will spotlight the American National Standard on measurement traceability in the field of forensic toxicology. The webinar will include: an introduction of Academy Standards Board (ASB) and […]


NIST Publishes Review of DNA Mixture Interpretation Methods

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published DNA Mixture Interpretation: A Scientific Foundation Review. This draft report, which will be open for public comment for 60 days before being published in final form, reviews the methods that forensic laboratories use to interpret evidence containing a mixture of […]


Handwriting Examiners in the Digital Age

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST People are writing more than ever with their keyboards and phones, but handwritten notes have become rare. Even signatures are going out of style. Most credit card purchases no longer require them, and if they do, you can usually just scratch one out with your fingernail. The age-old […]


ASB Newsletter—June 4, 2021

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat AAFS and ASB Webinar! This 1-hour educational webinar, Standard Practices for Measurement Traceability in Forensic Toxicology, will spotlight the American National Standard on measurement traceability in the field of forensic toxicology. The webinar will include: an introduction of Academy Standards Board (ASB) and the Standards Development Organization (SDO) process; why […]


ASB Newsletter—May 28, 2021

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat 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: Recirculation* – ASB Standard 127, Standard for the Preservation and Examination of Charred Documents, First Edition (Comment Deadline, July 12, 2021) Recirculation* – ASB […]


Groundbreaking Book Fills Dire Needs in Unexplained Pediatric Deaths

  In February 2020, the Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) Foundation released a first-of-its-kind book, Unexplained Pediatric Deaths: Investigation, Certification, and Family Needs, in collaboration with the National Association of Medical Examiners and the American Academy of Pediatrics. This groundbreaking publication establishes the first-ever national consensus guidelines in the United States to fill crucial […]


ASB Newsletter—April 16, 2021

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat 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: Recirculation* – ASB Standard 140, Standard for Training in Forensic Human Mitochondrial DNA Analysis, Interpretation, Comparison, Statistical Evaluation, and Reporting, First Edition (Comment Deadline, […]


ASB Newsletter—April 9, 2021

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat Statement From the AAFS Board of Directors on Supporting Standards Development and Implementation In an effort to show ongoing support to the standardization process and OSAC partners, the AAFS board of directors has issued a statement of support. Introduction to the ASB Presentation On April 7, 2021, the ASB staff […]


ICITAP Invites You to Join the Value of Forensics Webinar

The International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) is hosting The Value of Forensics webinar Thursday, April 8, 2021. This webinar will explore the systemic benefits to be gained by investing in forensic science. The expert panel will discuss various ways forensic science adds value to the criminal justice system though a positive impact on […]


ASB Newsletter—March 22, 2021

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat 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: Recirculation* – ASB Standard 024, Standard for Training and Certification of Canine Detection of Humans: Location Check Using Pre‐scented Canines, First Edition (ASB Comment […]


ASB Newsletter—March 5, 2021

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat   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.   ASB Documents Open for Public Comment The ASB encourages all interested […]