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Significance and Use
3.1 These are minimum requirements applicable to the identification of seized drugs.
3.1.1 As these are minimum requirements, it should be recognized that they may not be sufficient for the identification of all drugs in all circumstances. Within these requirements, it is up to the individual laboratory’s management to determine which combination of analytical techniques best satisfies the requirements of its jurisdiction.
3.2 Correct identification of a drug or chemical depends on the use of an analytical scheme based on validated methods (see Practice ) and the competence of the analyst. It is expected that in the absence of unforeseen error, an appropriate analytical scheme effectively results in no uncertainty in reported identifications (see Practice ).
3.3 This practice requires the use of multiple uncorrelated techniques. It does not discourage the use of any particular method within an analytical scheme. Unique requirements in different jurisdictions may dictate the actual practices followed by a particular laboratory.
1.1 This practice describes minimum criteria for the qualitative analysis (identification) of seized drugs.
1.2 Listed are a number of analytical techniques for the identification of seized drugs. These techniques are grouped on the basis of their discriminating power. Analytical schemes based on these groupings are described.
1.3 Additional information is found in Guides , , , and and Practices , , , and .
1.4 This practice does not replace knowledge, skill, ability, experience, education or training and should be used in conjunction with professional judgment.
1.5 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.
E1968 Guide for Microcrystal Testing in Forensic Analysis of Cocaine
E1969 Guide for Microcrystal Testing in Forensic Analysis of Methamphetamine and Amphetamine
E2125 Guide for Microcrystal Testing in Forensic Analysis of Phencyclidine and Its Analogues
E2326 Practice for Education and Training of Seized-Drug Analysts
E2327 Practice for Quality Assurance of Laboratories Performing Seized-Drug Analysis
E2548 Guide for Sampling Seized Drugs for Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis
E2549 Practice for Validation of Seized-Drug Analytical Methods
E2764 Practice for Uncertainty Assessment in the Context of Seized-Drug Analysis
Other DocumentSWGDRUG Scientific Working Group for the Analysis of Seized Drugs--Recommendations for: Education and Training, Quality Assurance, Methods of Analysis Available from the Scientific Working Group for the Analysis of Seized Drugs (SWGDRUG), http://www.swgdrug.org.
ICS Number Code 11.120.10 (Medicaments)
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ASTM E2329-14, Standard Practice for Identification of Seized Drugs, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2014, www.astm.orgBack to Top