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Significance and Use
These are minimum requirements applicable to the identification of seized drugs.
It is recognized that the correct identification of a drug or chemical depends on the use of an analytical scheme based on validated methods and the competence of the analyst. It is expected that in the absence of unforeseen error, an appropriate analytical scheme effectively results in no uncertainty in reported identifications.
This practice requires the use of multiple uncorrelated techniques. It does not discourage the use of any particular method within an analytical scheme. Unique requirements in different jurisdictions may dictate the actual practices followed by a particular laboratory.
1.1 This practice describes minimum criteria for the qualitative analysis (identification) of seized drugs.
1.2 Listed are a number of analytical techniques for the identification of seized drugs. These techniques are grouped on the basis of their discriminating power. Analytical schemes based on these groupings are described.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
E1968 Guide for Microcrystal Testing in Forensic Analysis of Cocaine
E1969 Guide for Microcrystal Testing in Forensic Analysis of Methamphetamine and Amphetamine
E2125 Guide for Microcrystal Testing in Forensic Analysis of Phencyclidine and Its Analogues
E2326 Practice for Education and Training of Seized-Drug Analysts
E2327 Practice for Quality Assurance of Laboratories Performing Seized-Drug Analysis
ICS Number Code 11.120.10 (Medicaments)
ASTM E2329-10, Standard Practice for Identification of Seized Drugs, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2010, www.astm.orgBack to Top