1.1 This guide 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 document is not intended as a detailed method or rigid scheme, but as a guide to the analytical methods commonly utilized 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 and/or identification 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.
KeywordsForensic 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.
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