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 analysis are reliable and reproducible.
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 the deadline 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 the deadline.
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. Share your implementation experience and be featured in a future OSAC news post.
The following standards have recently been published by ASTM:
Criminal justice agencies can access the ASTM standards listed above by visiting OSAC’s Access to Standards webpage.
*Comments on a re-circulation 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 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and the International Association for Identification (IAI) are the latest professional forensic science organizations to publish formal statements supporting OSAC and standards implementation.
Read the policy and position statements from AAFS and IAI, along with the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD), the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE), the Association of Forensic Quality Assurance Managers (AFQAM), the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT), and National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) on OSAC’s Registry Implementation webpage.
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking proposals for rigorous basic or applied research and development projects in forensic science. Need ideas for projects? Check out the research and development needs identified by OSAC’s subcommittees. Learn more and apply by June 3, 2021.
Our colleagues at the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) will be hosting the following upcoming webinars. To register, visit CSAFE’s Events webpage.
NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE), in collaboration with several U.S. agencies, conducted a study to identify potential barriers related to the collection, tracking, and processing of arrestee and convicted offender DNA samples, as well as successful policies. Read more about the findings and recommendations from this study in the newly released report, Perspectives on Addressing the Collection, Tracking, and Processing of Lawfully Owed DNA Samples.
Visit the FTCoE website for other resources and forensic science events.
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.