International Journal of Legal Medicine

, Volume 114, Issue 1, pp 83–86

Quality assurance in age estimation based on aspartic acid racemisation

Authors

  • S. Ritz-Timme
    • Institut 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. Rochholz
    • Institut 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. Schütz
    • Institut 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. Collins
    • Fossil Fuels and Environmental Geochemistry (NRG), Drummond Building, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, NR1 7RU, UK
  • E. R. Waite
    • Fossil Fuels and Environmental Geochemistry (NRG), Drummond Building, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, NR1 7RU, UK
  • C. Cattaneo
    • Istituto di Medicina Legale e delle Assicurazioni, Università degli Studi, Via L. Mangiagalli 37, 20133 Milan, Italy
  • H.-J. Kaatsch
    • Institut 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
Original article

DOI: 10.1007/s004140000159

Cite this article as:
Ritz-Timme, S., Rochholz, G., Schütz, H. et al. Int J Leg Med (2000) 114: 83. doi:10.1007/s004140000159

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 estimationAspartic acidracemisationMinimal standardsQuality control

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