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 human factors 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.
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 draft OSAC Proposed Standard is 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 April 3, 2023.
Complete OSAC’s Registry Implementation Declaration Form found on the OSAC website and send it to mark.stolorow [at] nist.gov to let us know. Your organization will subsequently be awarded an OSAC Registry Implementer Certificate.
ASB has recently published the following standards:
ASTM has recently published the following standard:
Stakeholders from the forensic science community are encouraged to provide input on standards as they are being developed at SDOs. For SDO published standards going through the OSAC Registry approval process, the public will have an opportunity to comment on a standard during the SDO’s public comment period but will not be given a second opportunity to comment through OSAC on whether the resulting standard should be placed on the Registry.
Visit OSAC’s Standards Open for Comment webpage to see the full list of forensic science standards open for comment at SDOs and how to submit your feedback. This page consolidates and tracks comment deadlines for you and will be updated on a weekly basis. It currently includes:
On February 24, 2023, a Project Initiation Notification System (PINS) was published on page two in the ANSI Standards Action. This will begin ASTM’s work on the following standard:
Beginning in March 2023, the OSAC will have a public feedback session available during their quarterly meetings. The purpose for this public session is to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to share feedback with the FSSB related to agenda items or matters within the FSSB’s authority. The FSSB will consider all feedback from the public and remarks can be made by the submitter or by the OSAC Program Office on behalf of the submitter.
The next quarterly FSSB meeting will be held virtually on March 15-16, 2023. The public session will take place virtually on Wednesday, March 15 from 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. ET. If you wish to share feedback with the FSSB, please complete and submit this form by March 10, 2023. The schedules and agendas for upcoming FSSB meetings can be found on the FSSB Meetings webpage.
OSAC's Human Biology Research Task Group is seeking input regarding current research needs, standards, and training for the forensic biology community. This survey will aid the OSAC Human Biology Task Group in (1) identifying the most practitioner-relevant research needs in the forensic biology community, (2) generating new standards or training documents based on practitioner feedback, and (3) understanding and identifying future training needs.
The survey will take approximately 30-60 minutes to complete. Participation requires that you are at least 18 years of age or older. Participation in this survey is fully voluntary and all responses will be anonymous. There is no compensation for completing the survey. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Nadja Schreiber Compo at
Access the survey here: https://go.fiu.edu/OSACSurvey
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.
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.
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking proposals for basic or applied research and development projects that will:
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.