ASTM E1459 - 13

    Standard Guide for Physical Evidence Labeling and Related Documentation

    Active Standard ASTM E1459 | Developed by Subcommittee: E30.11

    Book of Standards Volume: 14.02


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 By following the procedures specified in this guide, any item of physical evidence will have a traceable audit trail by which the origin, past history, treatment, and analysis of the item can be determined.

    4.2 By following these procedures, the chain of custody of any item of physical evidence will be maintained and documented.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide describes methods to be used for labeling physical evidence collected during field investigations; received in a forensic laboratory; or isolated, generated, or prepared from items submitted for laboratory examination.

    1.2 Many types of physical evidence may be hazardous. It is assumed that personnel assigned to the collection, packaging, storing, or analysis of physical evidence will take precautions as appropriate to the evidence.

    1.3 This guide offers a set of instructions for performing one or more specific operations. This standard cannot replace knowledge, skill, or ability acquired through appropriate education, training, and experience and should be used in conjunction with sound professional judgment.

    1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E1188 Practice for Collection and Preservation of Information and Physical Items by a Technical Investigator

    E1492 Practice for Receiving, Documenting, Storing, and Retrieving Evidence in a Forensic Science Laboratory


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 01.140.20 (Information sciences)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 46151712(Forensic chemical workstations)


    DOI: 10.1520/E1459-13

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