Workshop on the Seven Habits for Highly Effective Standards Development

Date: November 2, 2023 

Event Location:  Washington Hilton, Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Organized by: ASTM Committee E30 on Forensic Science



About the Event

The Workshop on the Seven Habits for Highly Effective Standards Development will be held November 2, 2023. The workshop is organized by ASTM Committee E30 on Forensic Science, and will be held at the Washington Hilton, Washington, District of Columbia, United States in conjunction with the standards development meetings of the committee. The language of the workshop will be English.


Objective and Scope

The 2009 NAS Report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, summarized the challenges facing the forensic science community and emphasized the need for standardization. Administered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science was created in 2014 to address the need for discipline-specific forensic science standards. OSAC fills this gap by drafting proposed standards and sending them to standards developing organizations (SDOs), which further develop and publish them (e.g., ASB, ASTM International, ADA, NFPA, and AES).

Standards need to be fit-for-purpose to meet a customer’s needs as well as support broad adoption and use. The primary driver for the use of forensic science standards is public welfare and safety. The primary users are the forensic science community and the legal and criminal justice systems. Forensic results can sometimes be misinterpreted or misapplied. Standards that are specific, well-written, and to which personnel are trained, can aid in decreasing errors. Good quality standards have a positive impact on the quality of results produced.

Developing high-quality, scientifically sound standards is a long and sometimes contentious process. It involves bringing together various stakeholders with different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to reach consensus on a given topic. To be successful, stakeholders must be able to lead themselves, influence, engage and collaborate with others. Using Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as a guide, this workshop will discuss the principles of standards development and provide attendees with information on how they can become more effective in the standards development process. After attending this workshop, participants will gain a better understanding of the role and importance of consensus-based standard in strengthening forensic science in the United States and internationally; gain a greater awareness of their own individual role in the development of consensus-based standards; and learn how to provide input and get involved.


Abstract Submission

To participate in the symposium, authors must submit a 250 to 300-word preliminary abstract using the online Abstract Submission Portal no later than DATE. To ensure your abstract was received into the ASTM database, please email and let us know that you have submitted an abstract.

The abstract must include a clear definition of the objective and approach of the work discussed, pointing out material that is new, and present sufficient details regarding results. The presentation and manuscript must not be of a commercial nature nor can it have been previously published. Because a limited number of abstracts will be accepted, be sure that the abstract is complete to allow for careful assessment of the paper's suitability for this symposium. The symposium chair(s) will notify you via email by DATE of your paper’s acceptability for presentation at the symposium. If the preliminary abstract is accepted, the author will be requested to submit a final abstract a few months before the symposium. The final abstracts will be distributed in a program booklet at the symposium.


Publication Information

Symposium authors are required to submit their papers for ASTM publication in Selected Technical Papers (STP), an online and printed, peer-reviewed publication for the international scientific and engineering community. STP papers should be full-length technical papers of approximately 10,000 words, significantly contribute to the technical literature, and must include a review of past work in the relevant area and present information of current interest or probe new fields. After the final selection of abstracts has been approved, the ASTM Editorial Office will send authors’ instructions via email, but also can be found by clicking here.

Manuscripts to be peer reviewed for the STP are due online no later than DATE at the ASTM Editorial Office. The corresponding author (the author who is the main contact with ASTM Headquarters) will receive a copy of his/her paper in portable document format (PDF). All published authors will have the opportunity to purchase reprints of their papers at a nominal cost. Only those papers submitted by the manuscript due date will be included in the STP. Please note that all submitted papers are subject to peer review by two independent reviewers.

The STP will be submitted to the Library of Congress with an ISBN number and will be reviewed for inclusion in the Web of Science Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI) and Google Scholar.


Technical Program



Registration opens approximately 10 weeks before the start of the workshop.



Registration is now open. The fees to attend this event are listed below.

This an in-person only event.



September  30, 2023

After September 30, 2023
ASTM Member Waived Waived
Non-member $50.00 $75.00
Presenter Waived Waived
Student Waived Waived

Not an ASTM Member?  An individual membership costs only $75.00 a year. If you would like to become a member of ASTM International and Committee E30 to begin taking advantage of all the ASTM membership benefits, including attending this event for free, please use the link below to join ASTM before registering for the event. After you have become a member, please return to this webpage to register for the event as an ASTM Member.

ASTM International Membership


All Attendees – All attendees are urged to register for this workshop before arriving onsite. All attendees must check in at the ASTM Registration Area to obtain their name badge before entering the event room.

Presenters– Presenters for this workshop are automatically registered to attend, and do not need to register themselves.

Students – Students may be eligible for a reduced registration fee provided they meet certain requirements. To qualify for the reduced fee you must be a full-time student, not employed full-time, and be able to provide a current valid university email address for registration.  To register as a student, please email ASTM Symposia Operations at

Cancellations – A refund of the workshop fee will be honored only if requested at least 10 business days prior to the start of the event. To cancel your registration, please click the "Modify My Registration" button found in your registration confirmation email and follow the prompts to cancel your registration. Please contact Symposia Operations at or 610-832-9522 if you need assistance.

If you have questions concerning online registration, please contact Symposia Operations at Tel: 610-832-9522, or ASTM Technical Support at


Technical Chair Contact Information

Agnes Winokur
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
Miami, FL, USA

Karen Reczek
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Gaithersburg, MD, USA


Continuing Education Units

Workshop attendees interested in receiving 0.25 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) must complete the CEU application form in the back of the program booklet and email it to ASTM Symposia Operations at You must be registered and have attended the entire event in order to receive the CEU’s. A certificate will be sent to you via email approximately 1 to 2 weeks after the workshop concludes.


Hotel Information

All meetings will be held at The Washington Hilton Hotel, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009.

Hotel Reservations:

Please support ASTM International by reserving your sleeping room at our official October Committee Week Hotel and Meeting site.

The discounted rate will be honored until the ASTM block is full, but no later than September 27th, 2023. The ASTM rate is $209 plus tax. You may be charged a higher rate if reservations are received after the cut-off date, or when the block is full. The hotel requires a credit card to guarantee your reservation, once submitted a confirmation number will be provided electronically.

To book accommodations using the ASTM rate, please click here: The Washington Hilton Hotel 

To book accommodations using the government per diem rate, please click here: Government link

The Washington Hilton Hotel has a limited number of rooms at the government per diem rate. Reservations may be made via our online reservation system, using the blue hyperlink above. You must present your ID at the front desk upon check-in. 

CANCELLATION/CHANGE POLICY:  At the Washington Hilton Hotel, you can cancel your reservation up to 72 hours (3 days) for a full refund.

IMPORTANT! ASTM Rates are non-commissionable. If you book your reservation through an online travel agent, they must ask for a non-commissioned ASTM Group Rate. ASTM cannot adjust your higher rate if the accommodations were reserved via an online (Expedia, Trivago, Kayak, etc.) travel agency.

The October Committee Week Hotel provides prime meeting space for your committee meetings, events, and activities. ASTM International is legally bound to fill the contracted guest room block and an inability to fill the block will result in severe financial penalties which could affect negotiations and increase costs for future meetings.

INTERNET: The Washington Hilton Hotel offers wireless internet connection for a surcharge of $12.95 daily. 


Standards Development Meetings

Committee E30 invites you to attend their future standards development meetings. There is no fee to attend these meetings, and membership in ASTM International is not required to attend. For more information about the committee and their future meetings, please visit the E30 Committee Homepage.