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
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 a 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.
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:
For the ASB documents listed above, download the comment template and return it to asb [at] aafs.org by the comment deadline.
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 attend Workshop 14 - Mass Disasters and Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) on Monday, February 17, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to learn more about the OSAC Registry Approved 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 on the forensic science community.
Visit the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting website for more information and to register!
Check out this article by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation-Division of Forensic Sciences (GBI-DOFS) about its journey and support for implementing the standards on the OSAC Registry. This article is also available in the latest ASCLD Crime Lab Minute.