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Organization for Scientific Area Committees (OSAC)

NIST is working with the forensic science community to establish the new Organization for Scientific Area Committees (OSAC). OSAC will coordinate development of standards and guidelines for the forensic science community to improve quality and consistency of work in the forensic science community. View the current organization chart. Click on the links below to learn about OSAC developments.

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April 11, 2014 - Calling Forensic Scientists: Apply Now to Join the NIST Organization of Scientific Area Committees (news update)

April 11, 2014 - The OSAC Roles and Responsibilities document is now available.

April 11, 2014 - Application form for NIST Organization of Scientific Area Committees is online. Apply now.

March 18, 2014 - Application Form for NIST Organization of Scientific Area Committees Coming Soon (news update)

March 18, 2014 - Updated summary of the NIST Plan for the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (pdf)

Feb. 18, 2014 - NIST Forensic Science team gave a panel presentation at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting.

Feb. 14, 2014 NIST announces Feb. 18 Webcast on New Forensic Scientific Area Committees

Feb. 7, 2014NIST Presents an Infrastructure Plan to Strengthen Forensic Science Committees

Feb. 7, 2014 Revised slide presentation on OSAC (pdf)

Feb. 7, 20143-page summary of the NIST Proposed Plan for the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (pdf)

Feb. 4, 2014Slide presentation on OSAC to the National Commission on Forensic Science (pdf)

Feb. 4, 2014Public Comments on NIST Notice of Inquiry: Possible Models for the Administration and Support for Forensic Guidance Groups  (opens pdf 8MB)

Sept. 27, 2013NIST Invites Comments on Structure of Forensic Science Guidance Groups (news release)