This Standards Bulletin from the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science provides an update on:
SDO published standards under consideration for the OSAC Registry and open for comment: 10
OSAC proposed standards under consideration for the OSAC Registry and open for comment: 3
Standards moved to comment adjudication: 4
Standards at FSSB for vote: 4
SDO documents open for comment: 5
Work proposals for new or revised standards: 1
The OSAC Registry is a repository of high-quality, technically sound published and proposed standards for forensic science. These written documents define minimum requirements, best practices, standard protocols and other guidance to help ensure that the results of forensic analysis are reliable and reproducible.
The following SDO published standards are being considered for the OSAC Registry. Please submit your comments by the deadline date on whether they should be included on the Registry.
The following OSAC draft proposed standards are being considered for submission to an SDO. The final draft provided to the SDO will be available on the OSAC Registry as an “OSAC Proposed Standard.” OSAC welcomes comments on whether the current draft is suitable for release to the SDO as well as suggestions for improvements in content and wording. To be considered, comments must be placed in the OSAC Comment Form and sent to comments [at] nist.gov by 11:59 p.m. ET on March 2, 2021:
For a list of all standards currently under Registry consideration, please visit the OSAC website.
Has your organization already started implementing OSAC Registry approved 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.
*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.
The following document is being initiated and is expected to result in a new or revised standard.
For more information or to submit comments, please contact the standards developer directly within 30 days of the publication of this PINS announcement. ASTM Contact: Laura Klineburger (accreditation [at] astm.org).
This series of webinars provides information on new standards and best practice recommendations for forensic biology and DNA testing laboratories. These documents include new requirements for training and validation in serology and various aspects of DNA testing, as well as DNA data interpretation and software, and protocol development and verification.
All four of the webinars are now available to view on-demand:
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are conducting a study to help forensic science and cannabis industry labs accurately measure compounds from hemp and marijuana plants. This study is part of NIST’s Cannabis Quality Assurance Program, or CannaQAP. Learn more and enroll through February 5, 2021.
Our colleagues at The Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) announced the lineup for their spring 2021 webinars. The webinars are free and open to the public, but researchers, collaborators and members of the broader forensics and statistics communities are encouraged to attend.
For more information and to register for any of these webinars, visit the CSAFE Event webpage.
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.