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Seized Drugs Subcommittee

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The Seized Drugs Subcommittee focuses on standards and guidelines related to the examination of evidence to identify drugs and related substances.

Officers | Members | Standards | Other Work Products

Officers

Agnes D. Winokur, Subcommittee Chair, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

Anne Slaymaker, Subcommittee Vice Chair, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

Lyndsay Cone, Subcommittee Executive Secretary, North Carolina State Crime Laboratory

Members

Emanuele Alves, Virginia Commonwealth University

Andrew Bowen, U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Raychelle Burks, American University

Rolando Carol, Auburn University at Montgomery (Human Factors Task Group representative)

Deborah Cole, New Jersey Office of Forensic Science

Michael Crowe, New York City Police Department Police Laboratory

Anna Deakin, Defense Forensic Science Center (including USACIL)

David Gouldthorpe, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

Eric Grunwald, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

Sneh Gulati, Florida International University (Statistics Task Group representative)

Jennifer Hatch, Texas Department of Public Safety

Melissa Hehir, Georgia Bureau of Investigation

Stephanie Lambert, San Diego Police Department

Brittney Rollison, American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (Quality Task Group member)

Sarah Shuda, The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education

Edward Sisco, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Casper Venter, West Virginia University

Standards

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Published by a Standards Developing Organization (SDO) and on the OSAC Registry

  • ASTM E1968-19 Standard Practice for Microcrystal Testing in Forensic Analysis for Cocaine (added to the OSAC Registry July 6, 2021).
  • ASTM E1969-19 Standard Practice for Microcrystal Testing in the Forensic Analysis of Methamphetamine and Amphetamine (added to the OSAC Registry July 6, 2021).
  • ASTM E2125-19 Standard Practice for Microcrystal Testing in the Forensic Analysis of Phencyclidine and its Analogues (added to the OSAC Registry July 6, 2021).
  • ASTM E2329-17 Standard Practice for Identification of Seized Drugs (added to the OSAC Registry August 7, 2018).
  • ASTM E2548-16 Standard Guide for Sampling Seized Drugs for Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis (added to the OSAC Registry June 1, 2021).
    • the 2011 version is available in the registry archive).
  • ASTM E2882-19 Standard Guide for Analysis of Clandestine Drugs (added to the OSAC Registry July 6, 2021).
  • ASTM E3255-21 Standard Practice for Quality Assurance of Forensic Science Service Providers Performing Chemical Analysis (added to the OSAC Registry November 2, 2021).
visit the osac registry webpage to access the astm standards above.

Sent to an SDO

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    OSAC 2022-S-0013, Standard Guide for Testimony by Experts in Seized Drug Analysis.
    • osac proposed standard on the registry (added december 6, 2022 and will be sent to astm for further development and publication).
  • REVISION to ASTM E1968 Standard Practice for Microcrystal Testing in Forensic Analysis for Cocaine.
  • REVISION to ASTM E1969 Standard Practice for Microcrystal Testing in the Forensic Analysis of Methamphetamine and Amphetamine.
  • REVISION to ASTM E2125 Standard Practice for Microcrystal Testing in the Forensic Analysis of Phencyclidine and its Analogues.
  • REVISION to ASTM E2327 Standard Practice for Quality Assurance of Laboratories Performing Seized Drug Analysis
  • REVISION to ASTM E2329 Standard Practice for Identification of Seized Drugs.
  • REVISION to ASTM E2548 Standard Guide for Sampling Seized Drugs for Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis.
  • Standard Practice for Education and Training of Seized Drug Analysts.
  • Standard Practice for Uncertainty Estimation of Quantitative Measurements in the Analysis of Seized Drugs.
  • Standard Guide for Assessment of Gas Chromatography and Electron Ionization Mass Spectrometry Data During the Qualitative Analysis of Seized Drugs.
  • Standard Guide for Assessment of Fourier Transform Infrared-Spectroscopy (FTIR) Data During the Qualitative Analysis of Seized Drugs.
  • Standard Guide for the Development of Electron Ionization-Mass Spectral (EI-MS) Libraries.
  • Standard Guide for Intralaboratory Blind Quality Control Programs for Seized Drug Analysis.
  • Test Method for Gas Chromatograpy-Infrared Spectroscopy (GC-IR Vapor Phase Testing of Fentanyl Related Substances).

Under Development

  • OSAC 2022-S-0014, Standard Practice for Building an Analytical Scheme for the Assessment of THC in Suspected Marijuana Plant Material Samples.
  • Standard Test Method for the Analysis of Seized Drugs Using Color Tests.
  • Standard Guide for Reporting of Seized Drug Analysis Results.
  • Test Method for the Analytical Scheme for the Differentiation of Marijuana and Hemp in Seized Drug Analysis.
  • Standard Guide for Assessment of LC Data During the Qualitative Analysis of Seized Drugs.
  • Standard Test Method for the Analysis of Seized Drugs Using Gas Chromatograph-Infrared Spectroscopy.
  • Standard Practice for Evidence Handling of Seized Drugs.
  • Standard Guide for the Assessment of Structural Similarity of Substances.

Other Work Products

Process Maps

Reference Documents

Research & Development Needs

Standards Development Maps

Discipline-Specific Bibliographies and Bibliographic References 

These documents may contain information to help forensic scientists, judges, lawyers, researchers, and other readers better understand the nature, scope, and foundations of the individual disciplines as currently practiced. The identification of these documents does not represent an endorsement by OSAC or NIST. Only standards that are posted on the OSAC Registry and Technical Guidance documents, are endorsed by OSAC. The referenced documents may be subject to copyright. Note: Subcommittee position statements or responses to data collections by the subcommittee do not necessarily represent the position of OSAC or NIST.

Literature:

  • Instrumental Data for Drug Analysis (IDDA), Mills, Roberson, Matchett, Simon, Burns and Ollis (3rd edition) or current edition.
  • Clarke's Analysis of Drugs and Poisons, Moffat, Osselton, Widdop and Watts (4th edition) or current edition.
  • Understanding Mass Spectra: A Basic Approach, Smith (2nd edition) or current edition.
  • Hallucinogens: A Forensic Drug Handbook, Richard Laing and Jay Siegel or current edition.
  • The Shulgin Index, Volume One: Psychedelic Phenethylamines and Related Compounds, Alexander T. Shulgin (Currently out of print).
  • Cannabis Resources
  • Pharmacophore Resources

Monographs:

Spectral Databases/Libraries:

Created October 16, 2014, Updated December 6, 2022