AAFS Standards Board Consensus Body Descriptions


Below are the description of the currently active AAFS Standards Board Consensus Bodies.

Anthropology Consensus Body
The Anthropology Consensus Body will focus on standards and guidelines related to application of anthropological methods and theory, particularly those relating to the recovery and analysis of human remains. Click here for a list of members.

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Consensus Body
The Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Consensus Body focuses on standards and guidelines related to the scientific detection and analysis of bloodstain patterns present at crime scenes and on associated evidence. Click here for a list of members.

Disaster Victim Identification Consensus Body
The Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Consensus Body focuses on standards and guidelines related to fatality management of a mass fatality incident that involves the scientific identification of human remains. Click here for a list of members.

DNA Consensus Body
The DNA Consensus Body focuses upon the standards and guidelines related to the use of DNA in legal proceedings. It includes the development of pedigree charts as well as sample collection, preparation, analyses, and interpretation of DNA. Click here for a list of members.

Dogs and Sensors Consensus Body
Dogs and Sensors Consensus Body focuses on standards and guidelines related to performance of deployed dog/handler teams and optimization of their combination with electronic detection devices. Click here for a list of members.

Firearms and Toolmarks Consensus Body
The Firearms and Toolmarks Consensus Body focuses on standards and guidelines related to the examination of firearm and toolmark evidence. This includes the comparison of microscopic toolmarks on bullets, cartridge cases, and other ammunition components and may also include firearm function testing, serial number restoration, muzzle-to-object distance determination, tools, and toolmarks. Click here for a list of members.

Footwear and Tire Consensus Body
The Footwear and Tire Consensus Body focuses on standards and guidelines related to the detection, documentation, recovery, examination, and comparison of footwear and tire evidence. Click here for a list of members.

Forensic Document Examination Consensus Body
The Forensic Document Examination Consensus Body focuses on standards and guidelines related to the forensic analysis, comparison, and evaluation of documents. Click here for a list of members.

Friction Ridge Consensus Body
The Friction Ridge Consensus Body focuses on standards and guidelines related to the forensic examination of friction ridge detail from the hands and feet. Click here for a list of members.

Medicolegal Death Investigation Consensus Body
The Medicolegal Death Investigation Consensus Body focuses on standards and guidelines related to sudden, unnatural, unexplained or suspicious deaths, including homicides, suicides, unintentional fatal injuries, drug-related deaths and other deaths that are sudden or unexpected, including determination of the cause and manner of death. Click here for a list of members.

Patterned Injury Analysis Consensus Body
The Patterned Injury Analysis Consensus Body focuses upon the detection and description of patterned injuries on the human body. It is an interdisciplinary consensus body, including – but not limited to – experts from forensic nursing, odontology, elder and child abuse. Click here for a list of members.

Toxicology Consensus Body
The Toxicology Subcommittee will focus on standards and guidelines related to the analysis of biological samples for alcohol, drugs, or poisons, and the interpretation of these results. Click here for a list of members.

Wildlife Forensics Consensus Body
The Wildlife Forensics Consensus Body focuses on standards and guidelines related to taxonomic identification, individualization, and geographic origin of non-human biological evidence based on morphological and genetic analyses. Click here for a list of members.