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.
To date, the OSAC Registry contains 76 standards (67 SDO published and 9 OSAC Proposed Standards), representing over 18 forensic science disciplines.
Visit the OSAC Registry webpage to see the complete list and access these standards.
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.
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 11:59 p.m. ET on December 6, 2021.
Visit the OSAC website to see all the standards under consideration for the OSAC Registry, along with their status in the Registry approval process.
ASB published three firearms and toolmarks standards on October 15, 2021. These standards were initially drafted by OSAC’s Firearms & Toolmarks Subcommittee and finalized by ASB’s Firearms and Toolmarks Consensus Body.
For a full list of forensic science standards that are currently open for comment at SDOs and how to submit your feedback, visit OSAC’s Standards Open for Comment webpage. This page consolidates and tracks comment deadlines for you and will be updated on a weekly basis.
ASB is currently soliciting comments on:
ASTM is currently soliciting comments until November 22, 2021 on:
NFPA is currently soliciting comments on two fire and explosion investigation standards – comment deadlines November 10, 2021 and January 5, 2022.
The following documents are being initiated and are expected to result in new or revised standards.
On October 29, 2021, a Project Initiation Notification System (PINS) was published on page two in the ANSI Standards Action. This will begin a 30-day period for public comment on the initiation of ASB’s work on the following standards. Contact Teresa Ambrosius (tamambrosius [at] aafs.org) for more information or to submit comments:
On October 8, 2021, a Project Initiation Notification System (PINS) was published on page five in the ANSI Standards Action. This will begin a 30-day period for public comment on the initiation of NFPA’s work on:
The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) 74th Annual Scientific Conference will be held February 21-25 in Seattle, WA. AAFS 2022 will be a hybrid event, offering both in-person and virtual attendance options, and registration is now open. Visit the AAFS website for ongoing updates about the meeting.
The ASB is currently accepting applications for the consensus bodies. Each CB consists of 7 to 25 members and creates and approves by consensus Forensic Standards, Best Practice Recommendations, Guidelines, and Technical Reports. The CBs also consider comments, views, and objections to ballots and resolve all comments received in connection with the development of documents. ASB CBs are open to all materially interested and affected individuals, companies, and organizations. If interested, please complete the application by November 19, 2021.
The Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) is offering the following webinars. Learn more and register.
NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) provides evidence-based resources about forensic technologies and emerging challenges.
Check out the first episode of FTCoE’s Workforce Resiliency podcast and hear from OSAC’s Medicolegal Death Investigation Subcommittee Chair Kelly Keyes as she talks about workforce resiliency among medicolegal death investigators.
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