OSAC's 2022 Registry Implementation Survey Report is Now Available
In the summer of 2022, the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science released our second annual OSAC Registry Implementation Survey to better understand how the standards on the Registry are being used, the challenges around standards implementation, and what support is needed to improve it. We shared a preliminary report of the survey results in our 2022 Fall Newsletter & Annual Report.
A report providing a detailed look at the implementation status of each of the 95 standards represented in the 2022 survey is now available. Visit the OSAC website to learn more about the survey and access the 2022 report.
AAFS Standards Resources and Training
As part of a cooperative agreement with NIST, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) is developing training, tools, and resources to enhance implementation efforts and broaden awareness of forensic science standards among communities of interest.
- Standards factsheets provide a clear, concise, and easy way to understand the purpose of a specific standard, why it is needed, and the benefits of adoption. Standards factsheets are available for 50+ standards on the OSAC Registry.
- Standards checklists are a tool that forensic science service providers can use to track progress towards implementation, identify gaps or barriers to implementation, or document objective evidence of implementation or compliance with a standard. Checklists are available for 70+ standards on the OSAC Registry.
- Standards webinars are available for free from AAFS Connect. Learn about the standards development process, standards development activities in various disciplines, and information about specific SDO published standards on the OSAC Registry.
NIJ Solicitation: FY23 Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking proposals for basic or applied research and development projects that will:
- Increase the body of knowledge to guide and inform forensic science policy and practice; or
- Lead to the production of useful material(s), device(s), system(s), or method(s) that have the potential for forensic application.
Please note that the closing date for submissions is April 26, 2023. For more information, visit the NIJ website.
On Page 5 of NIJ’s solicitation they note that applications/projects should address the challenges and needs of the forensic science community, including but not limited to priorities outlined in the NIJ Forensic Science Strategic Research Plan and operational needs identified at NIJ’s TWG meetings, which may be found on NIJ.OJP.gov. Additional research needs of the forensic science community can be found at the Organization of Scientific Area Committees website.
Upcoming OSAC & Other Forensic Science Events
- OSAC’s Physics/Pattern Interpretation, Scene Examination, and Chemistry: Trace Evidence Scientific Area Committees (SACs)/Subcommittees Meeting will be held April 17-21, 2023.
- OSAC’s Digital/Multimedia, Medicine, Biology, and Chemistry: Drugs/Toxicology Scientific Area Committees (SACs)/Subcommittees Meeting will be held May 15-19, 2023.
- American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) Annual Symposium will be held April 30-May 4.