Work Item
ASTM WK77530

New Practice for Core Forensic Responsibilities Training

1. Scope

The promotion of knowledge and development of standards (test methods, guides, practices, classifications, and terminology) for, but not limited to, definitions, methods and standard reference materials for the collection, preservation, scientific examination, preparation and reports relating to physical evidence for forensic purposes; and the general practice of forensic science; and other areas as determined by the scope.
The activities of this Committee will be coordinated with other ASTM committees of ASTM and outside organizations having related interests.


cognitive bias; communication; core forensic responsibilities; ethics; forensic science; human factors; quality; training


ASTM Practice E2917 Section 5.3.1 refers to core specific elements that form a part of discipline-specific training-to-competency programs for forensic science practitioners. The proposed new standard will more fully describe some of these core specific elements by providing training requirements for the core forensic responsibilities of professional ethics, quality policy, just communications, and cognitive and human factors. In addition to filling this gap in discipline-specific training-to-competency programs, the proposed new standard can also be used to develop continuing education and professional development opportunities, in accordance with ASTM Practice E2917 Section 6. The proposed new standard is intended for use by personnel responsible for training forensic science practitioners; it will also be useful to stakeholders within the legal system who seek to evaluate forensic science training programs.

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


Developed by Subcommittee: E30.11

Committee: E30

Staff Manager: Brian Milewski

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 06-28-2021

Technical Contact: Kimberly Kunkler

Item: 001

Ballot: E30.11 (21-04)

Status: Negative Votes Need Resolution