Bulletin Summary

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.
 

OSAC Registry News

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.

New Documents on the OSAC Registry

OSAC is excited to announce the following three documents have been placed on the OSAC Registry:

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ASTM E3115-17 Standard Guide for Capturing Facial Images for Use with Facial Recognition Systems (Facial Identification Subcommittee; effective October 1, 2019)

 

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ASTM E3148-18 Standard Guide for Postmortem Facial Image Capture (Facial Identification Subcommittee; effective October 1, 2019)

 

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ASB Technical Report 025, Crime Scene/Death Investigation – Dogs and Sensors – Terms and Definitions, First Edition, 2017 (Dogs & Sensors Subcommittee; effective October 1, 2019)

 

Intent to Add to the OSAC Registry - Items Open for Comment

OSAC is currently seeking feedback on whether the following standards should be included on the OSAC Registry:

  • ISO 21043-2 Forensic Sciences – Part 2: Recognition, recording, collecting, transport and storage of items. Submit your comments by 11:59 PM ET on October 4, 2019. To view the document, please follow the instructions in the comment link.

Standards Moving through the OSAC Registry Approval Process

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@nist.gov to share what Registry Standards your organization has implemented.  

SDO News

New or Revised Standards

ASTM International (developed by Committee E30.01):
American Academy of Forensic Science Standards Board (ASB):

Comment Period Open on Draft Documents

ASB:

For the ASB documents listed above, please download the comment template and return it to asb@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. 

ASTM:

New Work Proposals for New or Revised Standards

ASB:
  • On September 20, 2019, a Project Initiation Notification System (PINS) was published on page 17 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 document: 
    • BSR/ASB Std 013-201x, Standard for Friction Ridge Examination Conclusions. This new standard defines terms and establishes qualitative expressions for the range of conclusions that may be reached following friction ridge comparisons.
  • On September 27, 2019, a PINS was published on page 19 in the ANSI Standards Action. This will begin a 30-day comment period for public comment on the initiation of ASB’s work on the following documents:
    • BSR/ASB Std 130-201x, Standard for Training in Forensic DNA Amplification Methods for Capillary Electrophoresis Sequencing. This new standard provides the general requirements for a forensic DNA laboratory’s training program in forensic DNA amplification methods for capillary electrophoresis (CE) sequencing. This standard applies to forensic human and wildlife mitochondrial DNA amplification and wildlife nuclear DNA amplification.
    • BSR/ASB Std 131-201x, Standard for Training in Forensic DNA Sequencing using Capillary Electrophoresis. This new standard provides the general requirements for a forensic DNA laboratory’s training program in forensic DNA sequencing using capillary electrophoresis. This standard applies to forensic human and wildlife mitochondrial DNA amplification and wildlife nuclear DNA amplification.
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Other News

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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.

 

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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. 

 

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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.

Learn More About OSAC

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.