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.
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:
Recirculation* - ASB 018, Validation Standards for Probabilistic Genotyping Systems. This new standard describes the requirements to be used by laboratories for the validation of probabilistic genotyping systems related to interpreting autosomal STR results (amelogenin is not covered by this standard). Comment deadline December 30, 2019.
*Please note that comments on a re-circulation 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.
ASB 093, Standard Test Method for the Examination and Testing of Firearms. This new standard establishes procedures for the examination and testing of a firearm by firearm and toolmark examiners or
technicians. Following these procedures, an examiner or technician will be able to conduct, document, and report the examination and testing of a firearm. Comment deadline December 30, 2019.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information on the ASB proposed documents or to submit your comments.