This Standards Bulletin from the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science provides a monthly update on:
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 analyses are reliable and reproducible.
All the standards on the OSAC Registry have passed a rigorous technical and quality review by OSAC members, including forensic science practitioners, research scientists, statisticians, and legal experts.
The OSAC Registry approval process for published standards is used to review existing SDO published standards for technical quality and placement on the Registry. Please submit your comments by 11:59 p.m. ET on January 31, 2022 on whether the following SDO published standards should be included on the Registry.
The OSAC Registry approval process for OSAC Proposed Standards is used to review OSAC drafted standards for technical quality and placement 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 January 31, 2022.
Visit the OSAC website to see all the standards under consideration for the OSAC Registry, along with their status in the Registry approval process.
Is your organization implementing standards on the OSAC Registry? Complete OSAC's Standards Implementation Declaration Form and send it to mark.stolorow [at] nist.gov to let us know.
ASB published seven new standards in December 2021:
ASTM published three new standards in November and December 2021:
For the full list of forensic science standards that are currently open for comment at SDOs (7) and how to submit your feedback, visit OSAC’s Standards Open for Comment webpage. This page consolidates and tracks comment deadlines for you and will be updated on a weekly basis.
The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) 74th Annual Scientific Conference will be held February 21-25 in Seattle, WA. AAFS 2022 will be a hybrid event, offering both in-person and virtual attendance options, and registration is now open. Visit the AAFS website for ongoing updates about the meeting.
The Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) is offering the following webinars. Learn more and register.
NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) will be delivering a virtual Firearm and Toolmarks Policy and Practice Forum on January 11-14, 2022 that will explore new developments, discuss the foundations of firearm and toolmark examination, and address the implementation of new technologies into workflows. Leading up to the forum, FTCoE is hosting a firearm and toolmarks webinar series to jump-start the discussion.
Learn more about these events at https://forensiccoe.org/2022-firearm-toolmarks-forum/.
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