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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.