ASTM WK67862

    New Practice for Forensic Examination and Identification of Intact Explosives

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    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice is intended to assist forensic explosive examiners in their evaluation, selection, and application of techniques to identify intact explosives. A foundation for the consistent approach to the analysis of intact explosives is provided by describing methods used to develop discriminatory information. This practice is not intended as a detailed method or rigid scheme but as a guide to the analytical methods commonly used in forensic laboratories. 1.2 The forensic explosives examiner shall be aware of any relevant issues surrounding a case or investigation, such as sample size, complexity and condition, environmental effects, and collection methods used. These factors require that the forensic explosives examiner choose test methods, sample preparation schemes, test sequences, and acceptable degrees of sample alteration and consumption that are suitable to each specific case. The correct characterization or identification or both of an explosive depends on the use of multiple analytical techniques and the expertise of the analyst. Unique requirements in different jurisdictions will dictate practices followed by a particular laboratory. 1.3 This standard cannot replace knowledge, skills, or abilities acquired through education, training, and experience (Practice E2917) and is to be used in conjunction with professional judgment by individuals with such discipline-specific knowledge, skills, and abilities. 1.4 This practice does not purport to address the possible safety hazards or precautions associated with its application. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory requirements prior to use.


    forensic science; explosives; explosives analysis


    There are currently no consensus standards for the forensic analysis of explosives. This is the first in a series of standards to address that gap.

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Work Item Status

    Date Initiated:

    Technical Contact:
    Michelle Evans

    Draft Under Development