News Related to: SDO


AAFS Standards Board (ASB) Update

Source: Brad Wing, MS, Secretariat, AAFS Standards Board As you may know, in 2015 the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) agreed to establish the Academy Standards Board (ASB) for the development of forensic standards when approached by the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC). The ASB has been up and operational since the beginning […]


A Word From Your 2017 Program Chair

Source:  Julie A. Howe, MBA, 2017 Annual Meeting Program Chair The 2017 meeting looks to be popular, with more than 1,300 submissions for all sections, scientific sessions, and workshops, in addition to breakfast and luncheon seminars.  The Plenary and Interdisciplinary Sessions promise to be interesting with a focus on the meeting theme, Our Future Reflects […]


Criminalistics Section News — October 2016

Source:  Karolyn L. Tontarski, MS, Section Chair With 2016 speeding by, the 2017 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting will be here before we know it!  Abstracts are in and selections have been made, so we already know the meeting in New Orleans will be loaded with lots of amazing presentations.  Criminalistics Section Program Committee Chair Kristy […]


Why Do We Need an SDO if We Have the OSAC?

Bradford J. Wing, MS, Secretariat, AAFS Standards Board SDO is a term meaning Standards Development Organization. OSAC stands for the Organization of Scientific Area Committees. The AAFS has established an SDO called the AAFS Standards Board (ASB) that works closely with OSAC to develop voluntary consensus standards, technical reports, and best practice recommendations. OSAC is […]


A Word From Your 2017 Program Chair

Source: Julie A. Howe, MBA, Program Chair The 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting was well attended with more than 4,500 attendees with more than 650 international attendees from 69 countries taking part in annual meeting activities in Las Vegas. In addition, there were 121 exhibiting companies in attendance. The warmer temperatures were appreciated by those from […]


ASB Call For Consensus Bodies Members

The Academy Standards Board (ASB) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) is an ANSI-accredited Standards Development Organization. It is announcing the formation of Consensus Bodies. Each will have 7 to 25 members based on applications received. Members will be selected by the Board of Directors of the ASB. The ASB has eight interest […]


Policy Page – January 2016

Legislation: Source: Victor Weedn, MD, JD, AAFS 2015-16 President It seems that frustration has been growing within Washington circles about the lack of forensic science reform. Simultaneously, in the wake of more police shootings, there has been increasing consensus for a need for criminal justice reform that may subsume forensic science reform. Regardless, this year […]


Odontology Section Update

Source: John P. Kenney, DDS, MS Registration for the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas is available online.  The pre-registration deadline is January 27, 2016. An outstanding group of papers has been selected by Section Program Chair, Adam Freeman. The American Society of Forensic Odontology (ASFO) Program on Tuesday will cover important work accomplished […]


President’s Message – November 2015

Source: Victor W. Weedn, MD, JD, 2015-16 AAFS President Gearing up to become a Standards Development Organization (SDO) is dominating the myriad of activities of the Academy, but appropriately so. Standards-setting is a dominant activity in the forensic sciences community and the Academy has the strength and depth to step into a critical supportive role […]


Criminalistics Section News – November 2015

  Source:  Karolyn L. Tontarski, MS, Section Secretary It’s fall when everyone’s thoughts should be turning to…making sure their plans are coming together to attend the AAFS 68th Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas (February 22-27, 2016)! With the Transformation:  Embracing Change meeting theme, you can be certain the meeting will be energizing and thought-provoking. […]


A Word From Your 2016 Program Co-Chair – November 2015

  Source:  Julie A. Howe, MBA, 2016 Annual Meeting Program Co-Chair President Weedn’s theme of Transformation:  Embracing Change could not be more fitting as the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for forensic science efforts progress and the AAFS is making huge strides to become an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited Standards Development Organization (SDO), […]


AAFS Submits Application to ANSI to Become an SDO

Recently we announced that the Academy was the recipient of a $1.5M grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) to establish AAFS as an accredited Standards Developing Organization (SDO). We are pleased to announce the AAFS submitted our application to American National Standards Institute (ANSI) last Wednesday, August 26 — meeting our first […]


It’s Time to Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way – Criminalistics Section

Source:  John J. Lentini, BA, Section Chair The theme of this year’s Academy meeting, Transformation: Embracing Change, could not be more appropriate or timely. Today’s forensic scientists are living in interesting times. The profession is changing rapidly, and those who do not embrace change are destined to be run over by it. It has been […]