ASTM WK71108

    New Practice for Quality Assurance of Forensic Science Service Providers Performing Forensic Chemistry Analyses

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    Developed by Subcommittee: E30.11 | Committee E30 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice discusses procedures for quality assurance of forensic science service providers performing forensic chemistry analyses. This practice provides a framework of quality in the processing of evidence including maintaining a quality management system; personnel duties, qualifications, training, education, and professional development; facility considerations; evidence handling; analytical procedures; instrument and equipment performance; chemicals and reagents; casework documentation and reporting; proficiency and competency testing; method validation and verification; audits; deficiency of analysis; and documentation requirements. Annexes provide additional procedures that are discipline-specific. 1.2 This practice cannot replace knowledge, skills, or abilities acquired through appropriate education, training, and experience (see Practice E2917) and is to be used in conjunction with professional judgment by individuals with such discipline-specific knowledge, skills, and abilities. 1.3 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. 1.4 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.


    forensic science service provider; quality assurance; analytical procedures; evidence analysis; method validation and verification; audits


    This standard was developed at the request of the OSAC Chemistry/Instrumental SAC. A chemistry SAC subcommittee was established that consisted of each of the six forensic chemistry disciplines. All forensic chemistry disciplines and the resource committees provided comments and all were adjudicated. This standard was approved to be further developed by ASTM International. The intent of this practice is to establish an overarching quality assurance standard that applies to all providers performing forensic chemistry analyses. Each discipline could then either add an annex to the standard or develop their own standard that describes specific requirements unique to that discipline.

    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:
    Scott Oulton

    Draft Under Development