New SDO Published Standards
The Audio Engineering Society (AES) published the following standard on March 19, 2022:
- AES76-2022: AES standard for audio forensics – Speech Collection Guidelines for Speaker Recognition: Interviewing at a Temporary Location. This document specifies recommended practices for recording audio intended for use in forensic speaker recognition analyses, focusing on doing so at a temporary, non-laboratory location by possibly a non-professional in the forensic sciences. It includes recommendations for the physical preparation of the location, selection of appropriate recording hardware and audio formats, and possible methods for interviewers to elicit the desired type and amount of speech from subjects. It does not cover the methods used to analyze the resulting recordings and does not deal with details related to the handling, transmission, storage, or preservation of the collected data but does include a checklist to aid in the process.
Work Proposals for New or Revised Standards
An ASTM work item (WK) is a proposed new standard or revision to an existing standard that is under development. On March 4, 2022, a Project Notification System (PINS) was published on page four in the ANSI Standards Action. This will begin ASTM’s work on the following standard:
- BSR/ASTM WK80705-202x, New Terminology for Relating to Gunshot Residue Analysis. There is currently no comprehensive terminology document for gunshot residue analysis that has been generated through a consensus process. This standard is intended to fill that void.
On April 1, 2022, PINS were published on page two in the ANSI Standards Action. This will begin the Academy Standards Board’s (ASB) work on the following standards:
- BSR/ASB BPR 181-202x, Media Communications Following a Mass Fatality Incident: Best Practice Recommendations for the Medicolegal Authority. This document will provide recommendations to medicolegal authorities regarding media communications and information sharing during a mass fatality incident response.
- BSR/ASB BPR 182-202x, Victim Accounting: Best Practice Recommendations for Medicolegal Authorities in Mass Fatality Management. This document will provide recommendations regarding victim accounting procedures during a mass fatality incident response, which currently does not exist for the medicolegal audience.
Standards Open for Comment at SDOs
Stakeholders from the forensic science community are encouraged to provide input on standards as they are being developed at SDOs. For SDO published standards going through the OSAC Registry approval process, the public will have an opportunity to comment on a standard during the SDO’s public comment period but will not be given a second opportunity to comment through OSAC on whether the resulting standard should be placed on the Registry.
Visit OSAC’s Standards Open for Comment webpage to see the full list of forensic science standards open for comment at SDOs and how to submit your feedback. This page consolidates and tracks comment deadlines for you and will be updated on a weekly basis. It currently includes:
- Nine standards open for comment at ASB in biology/DNA (1), firearms & toolmarks (2), forensic anthropology (1), forensic toxicology (2), and friction ridge (3).