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The discipline specific Australian standard ‘Minimizing the risk of contamination in products used to collect and analyse biological material for forensic DNA purposes’ (AS 5483-2012) sets the criteria around which consumables used in forensic DNA collection and analysis should be manufactured to ensure the consumables are free of amplifiable and detectable human DNA. This standard has been approved for development as an international ISO standard. April 2013 saw the first meeting of PC 272 – Forensic Analysis, an ISO committee for the development of international forensic standards. The first task for the committee will be to work on converting the Australian Standard to ISO 18385.