ASTM E1732 - 18a

    Standard Terminology Relating to Forensic Science

    Active Standard ASTM E1732 | Developed by Subcommittee: E30.92

    Book of Standards Volume: 14.02

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    Significance and Use

    3.1 These terms have particular application to the forensic sciences. In addition, a hierarchy of sources of definitions were used in the development of this terminology. The hierarchy is as follows: Websters New Collegiate 7th Dictionary; technical dictionaries; and the Compilation of ASTM Standard Definitions.8 The subcommittee developed a suitable definition after all of the sources in the hierarchy were found wanting.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This is a compilation of terms and corresponding definitions used in the forensic sciences. Legal or scientific terms that are generally understood or defined adequately in other readily available sources may not be included.

    1.2 A definition is a single sentence with additional information included in a Discussion. It is reviewed every five years, and the year of last review or revision is appended.

    1.3 Definitions identical to those published by another standards organization or ASTM committee are identified with the abbreviation of the name of the organization or the identifying document and ASTM committee; for example, ASME is the American Society of Mechanical Engineering.2

    1.4 Definitions of terms specific to a particular field are identified with an abbreviation.3

    1.5 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.

    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

    E177 Practice for Use of the Terms Precision and Bias in ASTM Test Methods

    E456 Terminology Relating to Quality and Statistics

    E1187 Terminology Relating to Conformity Assessment

    E1301 Guide for Proficiency Testing by Interlaboratory Comparisons

    E1402 Guide for Sampling Design

    E2161 Terminology Relating to Performance Validation in Thermal Analysis and Rheology

    Other Sources

    IAAI Glossary Glossary of Terms Related to Chemical and Instrumental Analysis of Fire Debris, IAAI Forensic Science Committee Available from the International Association of Arson Investigators, Inc. (IAAI), 2111 Baldwin Avenue, Suite 203, Crofton, MD 21114,

    ISO Standards


    ISO GUM Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement (GUM)

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 01.040.11 (Health care technology (Vocabularies)); 11.020 (Medical sciences and health care facilities in general)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code

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    DOI: 10.1520/E1732-18A

    Citation Format

    ASTM E1732-18a, Standard Terminology Relating to Forensic Science, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2018,

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