ACADEMY STANDARDS BOARD

According to the ASB Policies and Procedures, “Notification of standards development activity shall be announced in suitable media as appropriate to demonstrate an opportunity for participation by all directly and materially affected persons.”

These documents explain our purpose and ways we operate. In addition, there are some documents that detail the requirements that we must follow to retain our accreditation.

Resources available include the ASB’s Style Manual used to develop ASB Standards.

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The AAFS has established an organization dedicated to developing documentary standards for forensics, the Academy Standards Board (ASB). This organization will work closely with the Forensic Science Standards Board and its subcommittees, which are dedicated to creating a national registry of forensic standards. In the first quarter of the 21st century, we will witness the widespread promulgation, adoption, and enforcement of recognized standards and, also likely, the true regulation of our profession. To date in the United States, forensic standards development has culminated in the currently on-going National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) effort, which began in 2014. NIST has ensured the significant involvement of the forensic science community in this process.

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