Last week, NIST opened a 30-day public comment period for five standards from the Chemistry Scientific Area Committee. They are continuations or updates of existing ASTM (American Society of Testing and Materials) standards. The NIST OSAC News Release on the public comment period is at http://www.nist.gov/forensics/osac/osac-opens-public-comment.cfm. The five standards under consideration for inclusion on the OSAC Registry of Approved Standards are as follows:
- ASTM E2329-14 Standard Practice for Identification of Seized Drugs
- ASTM E2330-12 Standard Test Method for Determination of Concentrations of Elements in Glass Samples Using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) for Forensic Comparisons
- ASTM E2548-11e1 Standard Guide for Sampling Seized Drugs for Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis
- ASTM E2881-13e1 Standard Test Method for Extraction and Derivatization of Vegetable Oils and Fats from Fire Debris and Liquid Samples with Analysis by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
- ASTM E2926-13 Standard Test Method for Forensic Comparison of Glass Using Micro X-ray Fluorescence (µ-XRF) Spectrometry
It appears that this 30-day period also offers an opportunity to view related ASTM standards on forensic science tests. Normally, ASTM, as the copyright holder, does not make its standards freely available.
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