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).
The OSAC Standards Bulletin is organized to capture the following standard development phases in the OSAC Registry Approval and SDO processes:
Number of new standards placed on the OSAC Registry: None
Number of OSAC Registry Documents open for comment: None
Number of SDO documents open for comment: Twelve (12)
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.
The following standards have moved from one step in the OSAC Registry Approval process to another during the last month.
For a list of all standards currently under consideration, 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] nist.gov to share your experience.
On January 6, 2020 the American Academy of Forensic Science Standards Board (ASB) published ANSI/ASB Standard 106, Wildlife Forensic-Protein Serology Method for Taxonomic Identification, First Edition, 2020. This document, initially developed by OSAC’s Wildlife Forensics Subcommittee and finalized by the ASB Wildlife Forensics Consensus Body, addresses the protocols required for general protein serology methods for taxonomic identification routinely used in the laboratory. This document also covers the use of quality controls (i.e., positive, negative and comparison samples) and the analysis of results if controls fail. Additionally, the document explains how differences in expressed proteins can be used to identify animals at family and/or species level using a suite of serology methods.
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.
*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.
For the ASB documents listed above, download the comment template and return it to asb [at] aafs.org by the comment deadline.
WK71108 Practice for Quality Assurance of Forensic Science Service Providers Performing Forensic Chemistry Analyses. This practice discusses procedures for quality assurance of forensic science service providers performing forensic chemistry analyses and provides a framework of quality in the processing of evidence, including maintaining a quality management system; personnel duties, qualifications, training, education and professional development; facility considerations; evidence handling; analytical procedures; instrument and equipment performance; chemicals and reagents; casework documentation and reporting; proficiency and competency testing; method validation and verification; audits; deficiency of analysis; and documentation requirements. Comment deadline February 9, 2020.
To access the ASTM documents listed above, contact Brian Milewski (bmilewski [at] astm.org) to become a member of Committee E30 on Forensic Science.
The following documents are being initiated and are expected to result in a new or revised standard.
Contact Teresa Ambrosius (tambrosius [at] aafs.org) for more information on the proposed ASB documents or to submit your comments.
Attending the 2020 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, California?
If so, be sure to visit us at Booth #103 to learn more about the latest forensic science standards development activities and pick up an “OSAC Member” or “OSAC Affiliate” ribbon to decorate your AAFS Conference badge.
Also, register Workshop 14 – Mass Disasters and Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) on Monday, February 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to learn more about the OSAC Registry Standard, ANSI/ASB Best Practice Recommendation 010, Forensic Anthropology in Disaster Victim Identification: Best Practice Recommendations for the Medicolegal Authority, First Edition, 2018, and its impact the forensic science community.
Visit the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting website for more information and to register!
Thanks to comments from members of OSAC’s Odontology Subcommittee, The American Dental Association (ADA)is in the process of updating ADA Technical Report 1088-2017 Human Identification by Comparative Dental Analysis. The revision to this OSAC Registry Approved standard is just one example of OSAC’s contributions and positive impact and how OSAC and SDOs are working together to strengthen forensic science through the development and use of standards.