Original article

International Journal of Legal Medicine

, Volume 114, Issue 1, pp 83-86

Quality assurance in age estimation based on aspartic acid racemisation

  • S. Ritz-TimmeAffiliated withInstitut für Rechtsmedizin der CAU zu Kiel, Arnold-Heller-Strasse 12, 24105 Kiel, Germany e-mail: s.ritz@rechtsmedizin.uni-kiel.de; Tel.: +49-431-5973634; Fax: +49-431-5973612
  • , G. RochholzAffiliated withInstitut für Rechtsmedizin der CAU zu Kiel, Arnold-Heller-Strasse 12, 24105 Kiel, Germany e-mail: s.ritz@rechtsmedizin.uni-kiel.de; Tel.: +49-431-5973634; Fax: +49-431-5973612
  • , H. W. SchützAffiliated withInstitut für Rechtsmedizin der CAU zu Kiel, Arnold-Heller-Strasse 12, 24105 Kiel, Germany e-mail: s.ritz@rechtsmedizin.uni-kiel.de; Tel.: +49-431-5973634; Fax: +49-431-5973612
  • , M. J. CollinsAffiliated withFossil Fuels and Environmental Geochemistry (NRG), Drummond Building, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, NR1 7RU, UK
  • , E. R. WaiteAffiliated withFossil Fuels and Environmental Geochemistry (NRG), Drummond Building, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, NR1 7RU, UK
  • , C. CattaneoAffiliated withIstituto di Medicina Legale e delle Assicurazioni, Università degli Studi, Via L. Mangiagalli 37, 20133 Milan, Italy
  • , H.-J. KaatschAffiliated withInstitut für Rechtsmedizin der CAU zu Kiel, Arnold-Heller-Strasse 12, 24105 Kiel, Germany e-mail: s.ritz@rechtsmedizin.uni-kiel.de; Tel.: +49-431-5973634; Fax: +49-431-5973612

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Abstract

Estimates of the age of living and dead individuals, obtained in order to answer legal or social questions, require minimum quality standards in order to guarantee data quality. We present an outline strategy (with recommendations) for the attainment of quality assurance in age estimation based on aspartic acid racemisation. The strategy is based on a definition of minimum standards for laboratories, including documentation of procedures, methodology and levels of expertise, and the formulation of guidelines for intralaboratory and interlaboratory quality control.

Key words Age estimation Aspartic acid racemisation Minimal standards Quality control