An Introduction to ANSI/ASB Standards 119, 120, and 121. Defining the Analytical Scope and Sensitivity Required for Human Performance and Postmortem Forensic Toxicology
Three standards recently published by American Academy of Forensic Sciences Academy Standards Board (ASB) set the minimum requirements for scope and analytical sensitivity for both human performance and postmortem forensic toxicology casework. This work originated in the Forensic Toxicology Subcommittee of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC). The three standards are ANSI/ASB 119, Standard for the Analytical Scope and Sensitivity of Forensic Toxicological Testing of Blood in Medicolegal Death Investigations; ANSI/ASB 120, Standard for the Analytical Scope and Sensitivity of Forensic Toxicological Testing of Blood in in Impaired Driving Investigations; and ANSI/ASB 121, Standard for the Analytical Scope and Sensitivity of Forensic Toxicological Testing of Urine in Drug-Facilitated Crime Investigations. ANSI/ASB 120 and 121 build from, and standardize, previously published work concerning recommended scope and sensitivity for DUID and DFC cases. ANSI/ASB 119 is novel and standardizes the minimum requirements for postmortem casework.
This one-hour presentation will introduce the audience to each of these standards, provide background on their development as they moved through first OSAC then ASB, highlight the benefits of each to the field, discuss implementation strategies, and end with a Q&A session.