New SDO Published Standards
ASTM recently published the following standards:
- ANSI/ASTM E3294-22, Guide for Forensic Analysis of Geological Materials by Powder X-Ray Diffraction.
- ANSI/ASTM E1732-22, Terminology Relating to Forensic Science (revision of ANSI/ASTM E1732-2019).
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 April 8, 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 Reinstatement of E2227-13, Standard Guide for Forensic Examination of Nonreactive Dyes in Textile Fibers by Thin-Layer Chromatography. This guide is intended as an overview of the Thin-Layer Chromatography (TLC) of fiber colorants (or individual dye components) present in dyed fibers. It is intended to be applied within the scope of a broader analytical scheme for the forensic analysis of fiber samples. TLC could provide information that cannot be obtained through other color analyses (such as MSP).
On April 15, 2022, a Project Notification System (PINS) was published on page two in the ANSI Standards Action. This will begin the Academy Standards Board's (ASB’s) work on the following standard:
- BSR/ASB Std 180-202x, Standard for the Selection and Evaluation of GenBank® Results for Taxonomic Assignment of Wildlife. As it stands now, there is not a standard covering the requirements for the use of GenBank® in forensic casework. This document will outline these requirements to ensure GenBank® results are obtained and used properly in the field of wildlife forensics.
- NOTE: This will be the standard moving through ASB's consensus process. Once published, it will replace OSAC 2021-S-0006 Standard for the Use of GenBank for Taxonomic Assignment of Wildlife, currently on the OSAC Registry.
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:
- Eleven standards open for comment at ASB in biology/DNA (1), firearms & toolmarks (2), forensic anthropology (1), forensic toxicology (2), and friction ridge (5).