Consensus Bodies


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Click here for a Calendar of Consensus Body meetings.

How to Establish a New Consensus Body in the AAFS Standards Board (ASB)

The AAFS Standards Board, LLC (ASB) is an ANSI-accredited Standards Developing Organization (SDO). Its purpose is to develop American National Standards, Technical Reports and Best Practice Recommendations.

The ASB has established several Consensus Bodies by specialty area to develop these documents. Click here for a detailed description of the Consensus Bodies.

The ASB is currently accepting applications for openings in the consensus bodies. In order to maintain a specific balance across interest categories, the ASB is soliciting members only in these interest categories. Click here for a detailed description of the Interest Categories.

The application for membership can be downloaded here, please complete the application by September 14, 2018 and send it to asb@aafs.org.

Anthropology: Consumer Groups, General Interest, Laboratories and or Testing Facilities, Producers, User/Government (federal, state, and local), User/Industry

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis: Consumer Groups, General Interest, Laboratories and or Testing Facilities, Producers, User/Industry

Disaster Victim Identification: Consumer Groups, General Interest, Laboratories and or Testing Facilities, Producers, User/Government (federal, state, and local), User/Industry

DNA: Academia, Consumer Groups, General Interest, Laboratories and or Testing Facilities, Producers, User/Industry

Dogs and Sensors: soliciting members in all categories

Firearms and Toolmarks: Academia, Consumer Groups, General Interest, Laboratories and or Testing Facilities, Producers, User/Government (federal, state, and local), User/Industry

Footwear and Tire Tracks: soliciting members in all categories

Forensic Document Examination: Academia, Consumer Groups, General Interest, Producers, Subject Matter Experts, User/Government (federal, state, and local), User/Industry

Friction Ridge: Academia, Consumer Groups, General Interest, Laboratories and or Testing Facilities, Producers, Subject Matter Experts, User/Industry

Medicolegal Death Investigation: Academia, Consumer Groups, General Interest, Laboratories and or Testing Facilities, Producers, User/Industry

Toxicology: Academia, Consumer Groups, General Interest, Laboratories and or Testing Facilities, Producers, Subject Matter Experts, User/Government (federal, state, and local), User/Industry (this Consensus Body is specifically seeking individuals impacted by breath alcohol standards)

Wildlife: Consumer Groups, General Interest, Laboratories and or Testing Facilities, Producers, Subject Matter Experts, User/Government (federal, state, and local), User/Industry

The application for membership can be downloaded here, please complete the application by September 14, 2018 and send it to asb@aafs.org.

The ASB works closely with other SDOs and with professional organizations and committees to ensure that we will not duplicate work undertaken elsewhere to develop standards. We have invited liaisons of such groups to participate in each of the relevant Consensus Body meetings.

All Consensus Body meetings are open to all interested parties, but only members may vote. Click here for a Calendar of Consensus Body meetings. If you would like to participate in a meeting, please send an e-mail to asb@aafs.org. We will then send you information on how to participate in the web-based meetings.

If you have any questions about the Consensus Bodies, the documents that they are working on, or anything else concerning the ASB, please send an e-mail to asb@aafs.org.