Lim Chin Chin*, R. Minhad, P Suppajariyawat, Chia Poh Ling
2nd AFSN Meeting, Brunei Darussalam, 1-3 June 2010 (Oral presentation)
Trace evidence encompasses a wide range of small, often microscopic physical evidence such as hair, paint, glass and fibres. This paper will attempt to look at the trends in trace evidence analysis in the 3 continents where trace evidence working groups are well-established, namely: United States of America, Europe and Australia/New Zealand. The discussion will focus on the following key areas:
- Current state of trace evidence: Quality issues and gaps in trace evidence analysis identified in the different surveys conducted in the United States and Europe.
- Standards and Guidelines that are used by the laboratories in the various regions and those that the trace evidence working groups in the 3 continents are working on and the responses of various organizations to the National Academy of Science (NAS) report: “Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States – A Path Forward”.
- Interpretation, Evaluation and Report Writing: Different types of statistical tools used in the evaluation of trace evidence and the countries which are currently using these tools in their casework. Recommendations and guidelines for good report writing.
- Technology and Manufacturing Trends: New and emerging techniques used in trace evidence analysis.
- Education and Training: How can the trace evidence communities engage the tertiary institutes and collaborate with their strategic partners in education and training.
In conclusion, recommendations on the path forward for trace evidence analysis in Asia will be presented.