Work Item
ASTM WK88490

New Practice for Physical Fit Analysis Training Program

1. Scope

1.1. This practice is for use by laboratory personnel responsible for designing a training program for forensic science practitioners (FSPs) who will perform physical fit examinations on various materials.
1.1.1. The trainees and training program shall meet or exceed the minimum training requirements set forth in E2917, WK84047, and WK84882.
1.1.2. Additional training could be required for a particular technique or equipment (e.g., photography) referred to herein as technique. The application of analytical techniques to physical fit analysis assumes the trainee is already competent in the use of each particular analytical technique.
1.1.3. Other sources of information on physical fit examination not specifically mentioned in this document can be considered and added.
1.1.4. Additional physical fit analysis training beyond that which is listed here should be made available to the trainee. Such training could include off-site courses, internships, and specialized training by experienced FSPs.
1.1.5. Continuing education and training is recommended. Additional training provides a FSP with the opportunity to remain current in the field.
1.2. This practice is in a modular format for easy adaptation to an individual laboratory’s training program. Recommendations as to lessons, practical exercises, progress monitoring, and trainee evaluations are included. Reading assignments with full citations are listed for each subsequent section in the appendix of this document.


trace; physical fit


Currently there is no other peer developed training program approved for this discipline and topic.

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


Developed by Subcommittee: E30.01

Committee: E30

Staff Manager: Brian Milewski

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 11-09-2023

Technical Contact: Diana Wright