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December 2019

The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science Standards Bulletin provides an update on forensic science standards that are moving through the Registry Approval Process at OSAC and those moving through the development process at standards developing organizations (SDOs).

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Bulletin Summary

The OSAC Standards Bulletin is organized to capture the following standard development phases in the OSAC Registry Approval and SDO processes:

  • After being published by an SDO, selected standards and guidelines may proceed to the OSAC Registry Approval Process where they are evaluated further for technical merit and impact on the forensic science community.
  • In the SDO process, OSAC committees or task groups submit an idea (i.e., work item), a partially drafted document, or a fully drafted document to an SDO for further development, commenting, and publishing. 

Number of New Standards Placed on the OSAC Registry: One (1) 
Number of OSAC Registry Documents Open for Comment: Three (3) 
Number of SDO Documents Open for Comment: Five (5) 

OSAC Registry Updates

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The OSAC Registry serves as a trusted repository of high-quality, science-based standards and guidelines for forensic science practice.  A document included on the Registry has progressed through the formal SDO process and has been published as a standard.  OSAC elevates standards to the OSAC Registry as an endorsement of the document’s high quality and to encourage its adoption by relevant stakeholders in the forensic science community.

New Documents on the OSAC Registry

OSAC is excited to announce the following standard has been placed on the OSAC Registry:

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ISO 21043-2 Forensic Sciences - Part 2: Recognition, recording, collecting, transport and storage of items (OSAC Interdisciplinary Virtual Subcommittee effective December 3, 2019). 


Intent to Add to the OSAC Registry - Documents Open for Comment

OSAC is currently seeking feedback on whether the following standards should be included on the OSAC Registry:

For a complete list of standards currently under consideration for placement on the OSAC Registry, along with their status in the approval process, please visit the OSAC website.

If your organization is on the "tip of the spear" and has already embraced the OSAC Registry implementation efforts, let us know! Please email mark.stolorow [at] (mark[dot]stolorow[at]nist[dot]gov )to share your experience.


SDO Updates

Comment Period Open on Draft Documents

Consider sharing your expertise by commenting on the following documents to ensure they are technically sound and aligned with the needs of the forensic science community.

American Academy of Forensic Science Standards Board (ASB):

For the ASB documents listed above, download the comment template and return it to asb [at] (asb[at]aafs[dot]org) by the comment deadline. 

New Work Proposals for New or Revised Standards

The following documents are being initiated and are expected to result in a new or revised standard.

  • On November 15, 2019, a Project Initiation Notification System (PINS) was published on page 17 in the ANSI Standards Action. This will begin a 30-day period for public comment on the initiation of ASB’s work on the following documents:
    • BSR/ASB BPR 129-202x, Best Practice Recommendations for Internal Validation of Human Short Tandem Repeat Profiling on Capillary Electrophoresis Platforms. This new document provides best practice recommendations for performing an internal validation of a human short tandem repeat (STR) multiplex kit using capillary electrophoresis (CE). This document is to be used as a companion document to the ASB Standard 39, Standard for Internal Validation of Human Short Tandem Repeat Profiling on Capillary Electrophoresis Platforms.
    • BSR/ASB Std 134-201x, Standard for Identifying and Describing Pathological Conditions and Anomalies in Forensic Anthropology. This new standard provides techniques and approaches for describing and/or conducting a differential diagnosis of pathological conditions and anomalies from skeletal material and/or radiographic images.

Contact Teresa Ambrosius (tambrosius [at] (tambrosius[at]aafs[dot]org)) for more information on the ASB proposed documents or to submit your comments.

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