ASTM E860 - 07(2013)e1

    Standard Practice for Examining And Preparing Items That Are Or May Become Involved In Criminal or Civil Litigation

    Active Standard ASTM E860 | Developed by Subcommittee: E30.11

    Book of Standards Volume: 14.02


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 This practice establishes procedures to be followed to document the nature, state, or condition of items of evidence. It also describes specific actions that are required if planned testing, examination, disassembly, or other actions are likely to alter the nature, state, or condition of the evidence so as to preclude or adversely limit additional examination or testing.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice sets forth guidelines for the examination and testing of actual items or systems (hereinafter termed evidence) that may have been involved in a specific incident that are or may be reasonably expected to be the subject of civil or criminal litigation. This practice is intended to become applicable when it is determined that examination or testing of evidence is required, and such examination is likely to change the nature, state or condition of the evidence.

    1.2 This practice recommends generally acceptable professional practice, although the facts and issues of each situation may require specific considerations not expressly addressed herein. Deviations from this practice are not necessarily wrong or inferior, but such deviations should be justified and documented.

    1.3 This practice offers a set of instructions for performing one or more specific operations. This document cannot replace education, training, or experience and should be used in conjunction with professional judgment. Not all aspects of this practice may be applicable in all circumstances.

    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

    E1459 Guide for Physical Evidence Labeling and Related Documentation

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

    E1843 Guide for Sexual Assault Investigation, Examination, and Evidence Collection

    Other Documents

    NFPA921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations Available from National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169-7471, http://www.nfpa.org.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 03.120.20 (Product and company certification. Conformity assessment)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/E0860-07R13E01

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