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October 2020

This Standards Bulletin from the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science provides an update on:

  • Standards moving through the OSAC Registry approval process.
  • Standards moving through the development process at standards developing organizations (SDOs).

OSAC Registry standards open for comment: 6 

SDO published standards: 8

SDO documents open for comment: 11

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OSAC Registry Updates

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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 analysis are reliable and reproducible.



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

The following SDO published standards are being considered for the OSAC Registry. Please submit your comments by 11:59 p.m. ET on November 6, 2020 on whether they should be included on the Registry:

  • ANSI/ASB Standard 053, Standard for Report Content in Forensic Toxicology, First Edition, 2020. Submit your comments here. 
  • ASTM E1968-19 Standard Practice for Microcrystal Testing in Forensic Analysis for Cocaine. Submit your comments here.
  • ASTM E1969-19 Standard Practice for Microcrystal Testing in Forensic Analysis for Methamphetamine and Amphetamine. Submit your comments here.
  • ASTM E2125-19 Standard Practice for Microcrystal Testing in Forensic Analysis for Phencyclidine and its Analogues. Submit your comments here.
  • ASTM E2548-16 Standard Guide for Sampling Seized Drugs for Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis. Submit your comments here.
  • ASTM E2882-19 Standard Guide for Analysis of Clandestine Drug Laboratory Evidence. Submit your comments here.

Moved to Comment Adjudication This Month

At FSSB for Vote

  • ASTM E3233-20 Standard Practice for Forensic Tape Analysis Training Program. 
  • ASTM E3234-20 Standard Practice for Forensic Paint Analysis Training Program.
  • ANSI/NIST-ITL Update: 2015 NIST SP 500-290, Data Format for the Interchange of Fingerprint, Facial & Other Biometric Information.

Criminal justice agencies can access the ASTM standards listed above by visiting OSAC’s Access to Standards webpage.

For a list of all standards currently under Registry consideration, please visit the OSAC website. 

Has your organization already started implementing OSAC Registry standards? Complete OSAC's Laboratory Implementation Declaration Form and send it to mark.stolorow [at] (mark[dot]stolorow[at]nist[dot]gov) to let us know. Share your implementation experience and be featured in a future OSAC news post.

SDO Updates


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The American Academy of Forensic Sciences Standards Board (ASB) has recently published eight new documents:

Comment Period Open on Draft Documents


*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] (asb[at]aafs[dot]org) by the comment deadline.

Other News

NIST Launches an Updated OSAC for Forensic Science

On October 1, 2020 NIST announced the launch of OSAC’s new organizational structure and processes which will make high-quality forensic science standards available to the community more quickly. Read more about the changes here.

Workshop on Interlaboratory Studies and Collaborative Research in the Forensic Sciences

The Workshop on Interlaboratory Studies and Collaborative Research in the Forensic Sciences will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, October 27 and 28, 2020 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm Eastern. This virtual workshop is sponsored by ASTM Committee E30 on Forensic Sciences.

For more details about this event, including a list of topics and registration information, please visit the workshop webpage

In Case You Missed It - OSAC's Public Update Meeting

On September 30, 2020 OSAC held its Public Update Meeting where the chairs of the Forensic Science Standards Board and five Scientific Area Committees gave presentations on the standards their units are working on and discussed research gaps, challenges, and priorities for the coming year. Stay tuned for the recorded presentations which will be available on the event and OSAC’s webpages soon!

Forensics@NIST 2020

On November 5 and 6 our research colleagues at NIST will be hosting Forensics@NIST 2020. This virtual event will discuss how NIST scientists are using advanced methods in metrology, computer science and statistics to strengthen forensic science. Learn more and register here.

Get Involved with OSAC

OSAC offers a variety of ways for members, affiliates and other experts in the forensic science community to participate in the standards advancement process. Click here to learn how you can help make an impact on the forensic science community through standards.