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Organization of Scientific Area Committees

Welcome to the OSAC home page. OSAC is part of an initiative by NIST and the Department of Justice to strengthen forensic science in the United States. We will add web pages to this site for each OSAC component as members are named. Our clickable OSAC graphic (below) or the navigation box on the left can take you to those pages.

Sept. 8, 2014New Forensic Subcommittee on Digital Evidence Added to Organization of Scientific Area Committees (news announcement)

OSAC-org-chart-2 Forensic Science Standards Board Crime Scene / Death Investigation Physics / Pattern Chemistry / Instrument Analysis Biology / DNA IT/Multimedia Quality Infrastructure Committee Human Factors Committee Legal Resource Committee

Read about the latest OSAC developments here.

Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB)

Resource Committees

Committees and Subcommittees

  • Crime Scene/Death Investigation
    • Anthropology
    • Disaster Victim Identification
    • Dogs and Sensors
    • Fire Scene and Explosives
    • Medical/Legal Death Investigation
    • Odontology
  • IT/Multimedia
    • Digital Evidence
    • Facial Identification
    • Imaging Technologies
    • Speaker Recognition
  • Physics/Pattern
    • Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
    • Friction Ridge
    • Firearms/Toolmarks
    • Footwear and Tire Tread
    • Questioned Documents

Read about OSAC developments. See OSAC roles and responsibilities.