Two Guides on Paint, Tape Evidence Forensic Science Training

Feb. 11, 2020

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., Feb. 11, 2020 – Two new ASTM International guides could help train forensic analysts to conduct trace evidence examinations on materials rarely seen in criminal investigations.

Diana Wright, chair of the materials (trace) subcommittee of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science, says that there was a need for standardized subject matter expertise for analysts – particularly those just entering the field – who collect paint and tape evidence at crime scenes.

“These guides incorporate best practices for recognizing and analyzing the physical features and chemical characteristics that define the types of paint or tape recovered as trace evidence,” says Wright, an ASTM International member. “The standards also include extensive reference sections to help new trainees recognize relevant technical literature that provides the scientific foundation for conducting these types of examinations.”

The standards were initially developed by a subcommittee in the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science.  ASTM International’s forensic sciences committee (E30) further developed the standards, which will soon be published as E3233 and E3234.

Wright notes that both training guides were designed to help laboratories develop individual training programs for analysts, regardless of level of initial expertise, while allowing flexibility for each lab to adhere to internal quality control mandates as well as those of accrediting bodies.

This effort relates to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #16 on fostering peace, justice, and strong institutions.

ASTM welcomes participation in the development of its standards. Become a member at The next meeting of ASTM International’s forensic sciences committee is Feb. 15-16 in Anaheim (California, USA).

To purchase standards, contact ASTM International customer relations (tel +1.877.909.ASTM; [email protected]).

About ASTM International

Committed to serving global societal needs, ASTM International positively impacts public health and safety, consumer confidence, and overall quality of life. We integrate consensus standards – developed with our international membership of volunteer technical experts – and innovative services to improve lives… Helping our world work better.

Sponsored Recommendations

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of Officer, create an account today!

Request More Information

By clicking above, I acknowledge and agree to Endeavor Business Media’s Terms of Service and to Endeavor Business Media's use of my contact information to communicate with me about offerings by Endeavor, its brands, affiliates and/or third-party partners, consistent with Endeavor's Privacy Policy. In addition, I understand that my personal information will be shared with any sponsor(s) of the resource, so they can contact me directly about their products or services. Please refer to the privacy policies of such sponsor(s) for more details on how your information will be used by them. You may unsubscribe at any time.