This Standards Bulletin from the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science provides an update on:
The OSAC Registry serves as a repository of scientifically sound forensic science standards that address discipline-specific forensic science needs. OSAC elevates standards to the OSAC Registry as an endorsement of the document’s high quality and to encourage its use by relevant stakeholders in the forensic science community.
The following SDO published standards are being considered for the OSAC Registry. Please submit your comments by 11:59 p.m. ET on September 4, 2020 on whether they should be included on the OSAC Registry:
ASTM E1388-17 Standard Practice for Static Headspace Sampling of Vapors from Fire Debris Samples. Submit your comments here.
ASTM E1412-19 Standard Practice for Separation of Ignitable Liquid Residues from Fire Debris Samples by Passive Headspace Concentration with Activated Charcoal. Submit your comments here.
ASTM E1413-19 Standard Practice for Separation of Ignitable Liquid Residues from Fire Debris Samples by Dynamic Headspace Concentration onto an Adsorbent Tube. Submit your comments here.
ASTM E3189-19 Standard Practice for Separation of Ignitable Liquid Residues from Fire Debris Samples by Static Headspace Concentration onto an Adsorbent Tube. Submit your comments here.
The following “OSAC Proposed Standards” are being considered for the OSAC Registry. Submit your comments/suggestions on the wording included in these draft standards and indicate whether they should be included on the OSAC Registry. To submit your feedback, complete the OSAC comment template and send it to forensics [at] nist.gov by 11:59 p.m. ET on September 4, 2020.
For a list of all standards currently under Registry consideration, please visit the OSAC website.
Has your organization already started implementing the OSAC Registry standards?
Complete OSAC's Laboratory Implementation Declaration Form and send it to mark.stolorow [at] nist.gov to let us know. Share your implementation experience and be featured in a future OSAC news post.
The American Academy of Forensic Sciences Standards Board (ASB) has recently published two new documents:
*Comments on a re-circulations will only be accepted on revised sections of a document. Comments made to text not revised from the original comment period will not be accepted.
For the ASB documents listed above, download the comment template and return it to asb [at] aafs.org by the comment deadline.
The following documents are being initiated and are expected to result in a new or revised standard.
Join OSAC, ASB and Promega for a three-part webinar series that will provide information on new/emerging standards and best practice recommendations for forensic biology and DNA testing laboratories.
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Read more from Diana Wright, chair of OSAC’s Materials (Trace) Subcommittee, in the July 2020 issue of the American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners (ASTEE) Newsletter, page 11, regarding a brief history of the evolution of the terms used to describe the differences between items being compared from “significant” to “meaningful” to “exclusionary differences.”
OSAC offers a variety of ways for members, affiliates and other experts in the forensic science community to participate in the standards advancement process. Click here to learn how you can help make an impact on the forensic science community through standards.