News Related to: ASB


Standards Development: The Scoop on Scope

Source: Mary C. McKiel, PhD, ASB Communication Liaison This is the first in a series of articles that will delve into the inner workings of standards development that are underway through the American Academy of Forensic Sciences’ subsidiary, the Academy Standards Board (ASB). The purpose is to share information with the broader AAFS community on […]


President’s Message – July 2017

Source: Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President As President of the Academy, I have had the honor of talking to a wide variety of audiences about forensic science and the mission of the Academy. I often describe the greatest strengths of the Academy as the extensive knowledge base of our members and their level […]


2017 Membership Review for the AAFS Standards Board Consensus Bodies

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Technical Coordinator Each year, the AAFS Standards Board (ASB) reviews the membership rosters for the active consensus bodies. We must ensure that there are between 7 and 25 members and that the membership reflects a good distribution across our interest categories (defined on the application form). We had hundreds more applicants […]


Four ASB Documents Available for Public Comment

Source:  Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Technical Coordinator Announcement: The public comment period has opened for the following four AAFS Standards Board (ASB) documents. The two documents shown below were posted in the May 19, 2017, issue of the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI’s) Standards Action (the comment deadline is July 3, 2017): ASB Standard 011, Scope […]


AAFS ASB Standards Developing Organization — “A” for Achievement

Source:  Mary McKiel, PhD The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Standards Board (ASB) standardization work began a little more than a year ago with the process of establishing and populating Consensus Bodies (CB) to conduct the work of standards writing. Since that time, progress has been outstanding. There are 33 standardization projects well underway […]


Questioned Documents Section News — March 2017

Source: Jan Seaman Kelly, BA, Section Secretary The 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences meeting in New Orleans was an exciting one for the Questioned Documents Section members in attendance. The week began with the Fundamentals of Printing and Graphic Arts Examinations workshop taught by Lindsey Dyn and Peter Belcastro. […]


AAFS President’s Message March 2017

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE One month into my term as your President, I am even more thankful to Immediate Past President John Gerns for his leadership and mentorship.  Without John’s diligent planning, the New Orleans meeting would not have been a success in his absence.  Without his transparency about the issues and decisions he faced during his […]


AAFS ASB Staff and Board of Directors Praised

Source: Mary McKiel, PhD ASB, the Academy Standards Board of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), was instituted in 2015 and accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a provider of consensus-based forensic standards, guides and technical reports.  Since its inception, the 13 new consensus bodies of the ASB have initiated more than […]


The AAFS Academy Standards Board in Full Swing

Source: Mary McKiel, PhD In less than a year, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) standards developing organization, the Academy Standards Board (ASB), has established 13 consensus bodies with more than 27 standards projects underway. Seven documents are already at the working draft stage and include best practice recommendations for such areas as Mass Fatality […]


Public Comment Period Opened for AAFS Standards Board Toxicology Standard

Source:  Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Technical Coordinator The public comment period has opened for ASB Standard 017, Standard Practices for Measurement Traceability in Forensic Toxicology. (Posted on January 10; comment period closes February 24.) This Standard Practices for Measurement Traceability in Forensic Toxicology was developed to provide guidance on minimum requirements for establishing measurement traceability in Forensic Toxicology […]


Public Comment Period Opened for AAFS Standards Board Toxicology Standard

Source:  Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Technical Coordinator The public comment period has opened for ASB Standard 017, Standard Practices for Measurement Traceability in Forensic Toxicology. (Posted on January 10; comment period closes February 24.) This Standard Practices for Measurement Traceability in Forensic Toxicology was developed to provide guidance on minimum requirements for establishing measurement traceability in Forensic Toxicology […]


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 […]


Criminalistics Section — Seeking to Fill Non-Voting Member ASB CB Liaison Positions

Source: Karolyn R. Tontarski, MS, Section Chair The Criminalistics Section is seeking volunteers to fill non-voting member AAFS Standards Board (ASB) Consensus Body (CB) positions. We are looking for individuals who will actively participate in the development of standards documents. ASB CB liaison positions the Criminalistics Section is seeking to fill are in the following […]


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 […]


ASB News – July 2016

Source: Brad Wing, MS The American Academy of Forensic Sciences Standards Board (ASB) has notified candidates of their selection for four Consensus Bodies: Disaster Victim Identification, DNA, Friction Ridge, and Wildlife Forensics. Approximately every two weeks, the ASB will announce selections for more Consensus Bodies. The next group will include: Anthropology, Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Firearms […]


ANSI Board of Standards Review Appoints Teresa Ambrosius

Teresa Ambrosius, the Technical Coordinator for the AAFS Standards Board (ASB), was recently appointed to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Board of Standards Review (BSR). The ANSI BSR is primarily responsible for the approval and withdrawal of American National Standards. The functions of the BSR include, but may not be limited to: implementing procedures […]


Academy Standards Board is Up and Running

The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is up and running. Accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in December 2015, the ASB was officially incorporated as a subsidiary of the AAFS in January of this year. The ASB boasts an impressive staff headed by Brad Wing, Secretariat, who administers the ASB, along with Teresa Ambrosius, […]


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 […]