This Standards Bulletin from the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science provides an update on:
Standards under consideration for the OSAC Registry and open for comment: 8
Documents recently published by an SDO: 1
SDO documents open for comment: 13
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 11:59 p.m. ET on February 5, 2021 on whether they should be included on the Registry:
Criminal justice agencies can access the ASTM standards listed above by visiting OSAC’s Access to Standards webpage.
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. OSAC will award your organization with an OSAC Standards Implementer Certificate.
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The following document has been recently reaffirmed by the American Dental Association (ADA):
ANSI/ADA Standard 1058-2010 (R2020), Forensic Dental Data Set. This document, initially drafted by OSAC’s Odontology Subcommittee, provides uniform nomenclature for the description of forensic dental data and defines a standardized set of uniform terms to convey this information (reaffirmation of ANSI/ADA Standard 1058-2010 (R2015).
*Comments on a recirculation 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 documents are being initiated and are expected to results in a new or revised standard.
Join OSAC, ASB and Promega on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 12 p.m. EST for a webinar about ANSI/ASB Standard 018, Standard for Validation of Probabilistic Genotyping Systems, First Edition 2020.
Register here to learn:
This is the fourth webinar in the series providing information on new/emerging standards and best practice recommendations for forensic biology and DNA testing laboratories. Click the links below to view the three other webinars in this series:
Our colleagues at The Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) published their December 2020 Newsletter. Check it out to access the two CSAFE Center Wide Webinars, Crime Lab Proficiency Testing and Quality Management and Mock Juror Perceptions of Forensics, as well as to look back at the other CSAFE highlights from 2020.
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.