Trace Evidence Documents

Process To Create

  • To provide a standardized methodology for the hair examination process
  • Drafts offered to community for comment
  • Comments reviewed by the glass subgroup and incorporated or denied. All changes presented to the full SWG for their review.
  • Final draft voted on by full SWG - If approved, submitted to ASTM for incorporation
  • Enforcement - Voluntary
  • Documents

    Trace Evidence Quality Assurance Guidelines - Education requirements, ethics, validation, proficiency tests and other topics relative to quality assurance are included.

    Trace Evidence Proficiency Testing Guidelines - Details to ensure a usable and applicable testing sample for inclusion in a proficiency test. To include descriptors on various options for testing.

    Expert Reporting Guidelines - Details to ensure a usable and applicable testing sample for inclusion in a proficiency test. To include descriptors on various options for testing.

    Trace Evidence Proficiency Testing Guidelines - Details on techniques that should be employed when collecting trace evidence. Explanations are provided to assist in the section of the appropriate methodology.

    ASTM Standards

    E1492 - 11 Standard Practice for Receiving, Documenting, Storing, and Retrieving Evidence in a Forensic Science Laboratory