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.