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Organization of Scientific Area Committees

OSAC is part of an initiative by NIST and the Department of Justice to strengthen forensic science in the United States. The organization is a collaborative body of more than 500 forensic science practitioners and other experts who represent local, state, and federal agencies; academia; and industry. NIST has established OSAC to support the development and promulgation of forensic science consensus documentary standards and guidelines, and to ensure that a sufficient scientific basis exists for each discipline.

Use the clickable OSAC graphic (below) or the navigation box on the left to learn more about each OSAC component. See also our traditional organization chart (PDF).

See the OSAC charter & bylaws, terms of reference, and other public materials in the OSAC Library.

OSAC-org-chart-with-DE-72 Forensic Science Standards Board Crime Scene / Death Investigation Physics / Pattern Chemistry / Instrument Analysis Biology / DNA IT/Multimedia Facial Identification Digital Evidence Imaging Technologies Speaker Recognition Anthropology Disaster Victim Identification Dogs and Sensors Fire Scene and Explosives Medical/Legal Death Investigation Odontology Firearms/Toolmarks Footwear and Tire Tread Friction Ridge Questioned Documents Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Toxicology Gunshot Residue Materials (Trace) Geological Materials Fire Debris and Explosives Controlled Substances Wildlife Forensics DNA Analysis 2 DNA Analysis 1 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


Read about OSAC developments. See OSAC roles and responsibilities.