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
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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:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to share what Registry Standards your organization has implemented.
ASB Technical Report 084, Presentation of Canine Detection Evidence in Court. This technical report provides information and guidance pertaining to presenting canine detection evidence in court. It includes an overview of issues to consider and a resource of relevant case law to assist the lawyer and expert witness in the presentation of evidence in court. Comment deadline November 11, 2019.
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.
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.
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