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February 3, 2014 - Proposed new ASTM International standard – WK23009, Guide for Case Review of Forensic Examinations – will provide procedures to be used by professionals conducting case reviews of forensic examinations. Currently being developed by Subcommittee E30.11 on Interdisciplinary Forensic Science Standards, standard will address differences between types of reviews regarding their strengths and limitations. Those who will use this standard include forensic scientists, engineers, and legal counsel.

Forensics Examination Case Reviews to Be Covered in Proposed ASTM Standard


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Press release date: January 28, 2014

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.—A proposed new ASTM International standard will provide procedures to be used by professionals conducting case reviews of forensic examinations. WK23009, Guide for Case Review of Forensic Examinations, is currently being developed by Subcommittee E30.11 on Interdisciplinary Forensic Science Standards, part of ASTM International Committee E30 on Forensic Sciences.

“The reports of all forensic examiners, whether they are criminalists, chemists, engineers, document examiners or from other specialties, are subject to review both for administrative purposes or technical review,” says John DeHaan, Ph.D., an independent forensic scientist and an E30 member. DeHaan says the proposed practice will provide current information on the nature of reviews, the materials required and the methods by which they should be carried out.

Forensic scientists, engineers and legal counsel will be able to use the proposed standard, once it has been approved, as an outline to use for conducting administrative or technical case reviews in the usual course of their work. The proposed standard will address the differences between types of reviews, their strengths and their limitations.

DeHaan notes that members of the general public will most often encounter the procedures contained in WK23009 when acting as jurors in civil or criminal cases, or when involved as a client in legal proceedings that include a forensic expert report.

All interested parties are invited to join in the standards developing activities of E30.11.

ASTM International welcomes participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit www.astm.org/JOIN.

ASTM International is one of the world’s largest development and delivery systems of standards and related products and services. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions.

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ASTM Committee E30 Next Meeting: Feb. 15-16, 2014, Seattle, Washington
Technical Contact: John DeHaan, Ph.D., Phone: 707-643-4672; jddehaan@fire-exforensics.com
ASTM Staff Contact: Robert Morgan, Phone: 610-832-9732; rmorgan@astm.org
ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, Phone: 610-832-9603;bschindl@astm.org
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