The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science Standards Bulletin provides an update on forensic science standards that are moving through the Registry Approval Process at OSAC and those moving through the development process at standards developing organizations (SDOs).
The OSAC Standards Bulletin is organized to capture the following standard development phases in the OSAC Registry Approval and SDO processes:
Number of New Standards Placed on the OSAC Registry: Two (2)
Number of OSAC Registry Documents Open for Comment: One (1)
The OSAC Registry serves as a trusted repository of high-quality, science-based standards and guidelines for forensic science practice. 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 adoption by relevant stakeholders in the forensic science community.
OSAC is excited to announce the following documents have been placed on the OSAC Registry:
ANSI/ASB 037, Best Practice Recommendation, Guidelines for Opinions and Testimony in Forensic Toxicology, First Edition, 2019 (developed by OSAC’s Toxicology Subcommittee, effective November 5, 2019).
ASTM E2917-19a Standard Practice for Forensic Science Practitioner Training, Continuing Education, and Professional Development Programs (developed by OSAC Interdisciplinary Subcommittee, effective November 5, 2019).
OSAC is currently seeking feedback on whether the following standard should be included on the OSAC Registry:
Please submit your comments here by the deadline.
The following standards have moved from one step in the OSAC Registry Approval Process to another during the last month:
At OSAC Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) for vote:
For a complete list of the standards under consideration, please visit the OSAC website.
If your organization is on the "tip of the spear" and has already embraced the OSAC Registry implementation efforts, let us know! Email mark.stolorow [at] nist.gov to share your experience.
Consider sharing your expertise by commenting on the following documents to ensure they are technically sound and aligned with the needs of the forensic science community:
American Academy of Forensic Science Standards Board (ASB):
*Please note that 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 following documents are being initiated and are expected to result in a new or revised standard:
Contact Teresa Ambrosius (tambrosius [at] aafs.org) for more information on the proposed ASB documents above or to submit your comments.
If you are interested in contributing your perspectives on the ASTM documents above, contact Brian Milewski (bmilewski [at] astm.org) to get involved with ASTM Committee E30.
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