Documents & Forms

The ASB has some documents that help explain our purpose and way that we operate. In addition there are some documents that detail the requirements that we must follow to retain our accreditation.

ASB follows the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) requirements for Standards Developing Organizations called, ANSI Essential Requirements.
One key feature requirement of ANSI is outlined in ANSI’s Patent Policy Guidelines

In addition, ASB developed its own procedures: ASB Procedures (updated, 10/24/2017)

The ASB Operating Agreement can be found here.

To start a new project (developing a standard, technical report or best practice guideline), a form is completed either by the Consensus Body or an outside organization or individual: Download and fill out the ASB New Work Proposal Form and return it to

A document shall be written according to the ASB Style Guide.

The process of the submittal, development, review, and publication of an ASB document can be viewed in this flow chart.

A template for comments to documents posted for ballot can be downloaded here.

The ASB Secretariat has participated in a Webinar hosted by the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) about SDOs.
The slide show and a summary document prepared for OSAC are available here.

The ASB Secretariat and Technical Coordinator gave a presentation at the AAFS 68th Annual Scientific meeting entitled: American Academy of Forensic Sciences: Path to becoming an accredited SDO. A copy of their presentation can be downloaded here.

Additional presentations and documents will be posted on this website as they become available.