Work Item
ASTM WK77530

New Practice for Core Forensic Responsibilities Training

1. Scope

1.1 This practice covers training responsibilities and program objectives for use by personnel responsible for training forensic science practitioners in the core forensic responsibilities--adherence to professional ethics, commitment to quality assurance practices, use of just communications, and minimization of cognitive and human factors. 1.2 This practice outlines required learning objectives, subjects for study, reading assignments, and topics for discussion within each of the core forensic responsibilities.


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