This Bulletin provides an update on forensic science standards that are moving through the Registry Approval Process at the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science and those that are moving through the development process at standards developing organizations (SDOs).
New Standards Placed on the OSAC Registry: Three (3) documents
OSAC Registry Standards Open for Comment: One (1) document
SDO Documents Open for Comment: Fourteen (14) documents
Please consider providing comments on documents that are open for comment.
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 three documents have been placed on the OSAC Registry:
ASTM E3115-17 Standard Guide for Capturing Facial Images for Use with Facial Recognition Systems (Facial Identification Subcommittee; effective October 1, 2019)
ASTM E3148-18 Standard Guide for Postmortem Facial Image Capture (Facial Identification Subcommittee; effective October 1, 2019)
ASB Technical Report 025, Crime Scene/Death Investigation – Dogs and Sensors – Terms and Definitions, First Edition, 2017 (Dogs & Sensors Subcommittee; effective October 1, 2019)
OSAC is currently seeking feedback on whether the following standards should be included on the OSAC Registry:
The following standards have moved from one step in the OSAC Registry Approval Process to another during the last month:
Document in Appeals Phase:
For a list of standards currently under consideration, please visit the OSAC website.
If your organization is on the “tip of the spear” and has already embraced the Registry implementation efforts, let us know! Please email mark.stolorow [at] nist.gov to share what Registry Standards your organization has implemented.
For the ASB documents listed above, please download the comment template and return it to asb [at] aafs.org by the comment deadline.
*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.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced plans to update OSAC in ways that will streamline the production of forensic science standards. An overview of the proposed changes can be found on the NIST website. While some details are still under review, new OSAC 2.0 organization will officially launch October 1, 2020.
NIST and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) will be hosting the Evidence Management Conference on October 2-4 at the NIST Gaithersburg campus. Registration for this event is closed, however there is a webcast option to view a livestream of the event.
On November 12, join the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Innocence Project and NIST, in collaboration with the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), for a conference commemorating the 10th anniversary of the NASEM report “Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward,”. Featured sessions will address developments over the past decade in the forensic sciences and in the courts, as well as in federal agencies and in laboratories. Visit the event page to register and learn about new information as it becomes available.
Visit the OSAC website to learn more about OSAC, how you can help participate in the development of standards for the forensic science community, and other NIST Forensic Science topics.