This Standards Bulletin from the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science provides an update on:
The OSAC Registry serves as a repository of scientifically sound forensic science standards that address discipline-specific forensic science needs. 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 use by relevant stakeholders in the forensic science community.
Please submit your comments by 11:59 p.m. ET on June 13, 2020 on whether the following standards should be included on the OSAC Registry:
Please submit your comments by 11:59 p.m. ET on July 3, 2020 on whether the following standards should be included on the OSAC Registry.
ANSI/ASB Standard 019, Wildlife Forensics General Standards, First Edition, 2019.
ANSI/ASB Standard 022, Standard for Forensic DNA Analysis Training Programs, First Edition, 2019.
ANSI/ASB Standard 029, Report Writing in Wildlife Forensics: Morphology and Genetics, First Edition, 2019.
ANSI/ASB Standard 045, Standard for Stature Estimation in Forensic Anthropology, First Edition, 2019.
ANSI/ASB Standard 046, Wildlife Forensics Validation Standards – STR Analysis, First Edition, 2019.
ANSI/ASB Standard 048, Wildlife Forensics DNA Standard Procedures, First Edition, 2019.
ANSI/ASB Standard 072, Standard for the Validation of Procedures in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, First Edition, 2019.
ANSI/ASB Standard 090, Standard for Sex Estimation in Forensic Anthropology, First Edition, 2019.
*ASTM E1967-19 Standard Test Method for the Automated Determination of Refractive Index of Glass Samples using the Oil Immersion Method and a Phase Contrast Microscope.
*ASTM E2330 Standard Test Method for Determination of Concentrations of Elements in Glass Samples using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) for Forensic Comparisons.
*NOTE: To access the ASTM standards above, please visit the Access to Standards page on the OSAC website.
ANSI/ASB Standard 036, Standard Practices for Method Validation in Forensic Toxicology, First Edition, 2019.
For a list of all standards currently under Registry consideration, please visit the OSAC website.
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On April 21, 2020 the American Academy of Forensic Science Standards Board (ASB) announced the publication of ANSI/ASB Standard 032, Standards for a Bloodstain Pattern Analyst’s Training Program, First Edition, 2020. This document, initially developed by OSAC’s Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Subcommittee and finalized by the ASB Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Consensus Body, provides minimum pre-training educational requirements for an individual currently in, or entering a bloodstain pattern analysis training program. It also describes the minimum training requirements that a trainee must successfully complete prior to practicing as a bloodstain pattern analyst.
For the ASB documents listed above, download the comment template and return it to asb [at] aafs.org by the comment deadline.
For access to 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.
The OSAC’s Seized Drugs Subcommittee has a new resource available for the forensic science community. The Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectroscopy (GC/MS) Analysis Considerations document aims to raise awareness of certain GC-MS analytical challenges and limitations that may occur during the analysis of specific substances in seized drug evidence. The document also includes references that explain limitations or considerations or demonstrate how to overcome these respective limitations or considerations. This document is available on the Seized Drugs Subcommittee website and will be updated regularly. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit additional information (e.g., compounds, analysis considerations, references, etc.) for consideration in future revisions.
In preparation for submitting a document to ASTM for formal standards development, OSAC’s Materials (Trace) Subcommittee will be conducting an interlaboratory data collection exercise to evaluate the draft of its Standard Practice for Interpretation and Report Writing in Forensic Comparison of Trace Materials.
The focus of the first round of this study will be on forensic paint analysis. A web-based training session will be held June 11, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. EDT to introduce participants to the draft document and exercise. The time commitment for participants starts with this approximately one-hour training session and includes some additional preparation time for studying the guidance document and several hours within a selected one-week time period over the summer to complete the exercise. Participants will have 15 scenarios to work through and choose a conclusion. No data will be provided to view and evaluate; however, the summary of data and results will be shared.
The draft document can be found on the Materials (Trace) Subcommittee website in the Under Development section. We encourage you to start reviewing this document now, paying attention to sections 1-5 and 9 and to share this information with your colleagues.
To participate, please complete this form. If you have any questions about this interlaboratory exercise, please send them to Andria Mehltretter (ahmehltretter [at] fbi.gov).
Does your laboratory develop quantitative methods to distinguish hemp from marijuana? Then participate in NIST’s Cannabis Quality Assurance Program (CannaQAP). CannaQAP aims to help laboratories demonstrate and improve measurement comparability and/or competence for hemp determination through a perpetual interlaboratory study mechanism. Participating forensic laboratories can utilize this trusted tool to: 1) Obtain reliable quality control samples to evaluate an individual laboratory’s performance and provide data that can be used in the validation of its measurement capabilities or, 2) Use their results to demonstrate their laboratory’s purported capabilities.
CannaQAP exercises are designed to include a variety of sample types in increasing order of complexity. Laboratories are highly encouraged to participate in all exercises. Exercise 1 was designed to assess sources of instrumental method variability and exercise 2 will introduce variability of sample preparation/extraction of plant materials. The CannaQAP schedule will include multiple Cannabis-derived oils and plant exercises, while also incorporating extracts, concentrates, distillates, and edibles in future exercises.
NIST is also planning to release a hemp plant Reference Material with a tentative target date of July 2021.
To participate in the CannaQAP, please contact the Cannabis/CannaQAP Team at cannabis [at] nist.gov. If you have any suggestions or questions regarding CannaQAP or other Cannabis projects at NIST, you can also email the Cannabis/CannaQAP Team.
OSAC encourages stakeholders to apply to NIST’s FY2020 Standards Services Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program. This program awards funding to eligible applicants to develop undergraduate or graduate level curricula to incorporate documentary standards, standards development, and standardization information and content into seminars, modules, courses, and learning resources. Applications must be submitted through grants.gov no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on June 15, 2020.
The ASB is currently accepting applications for openings in their consensus bodies. Please visit the ASB website for more information on the different consensus bodies, interest categories, and how to apply. Applications will be accepted until July 3, 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.