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 72 standards (64 SDO published and 8 OSAC Proposed Standards), representing over 15 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 published standards is used to review existing SDO published standards for technical quality and placement on the Registry. Please submit your comments by 11:59 p.m. ET on November 1, 2021 on whether the following SDO published standard should be included on the Registry.
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 November 1, 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.
The following standards have recently been published by SDOs.
Comments are currently being solicited on the following forensic science standards. Visit the OSAC website to view these standards open for comment at SDOs and instuctions on to submit your feedback.
NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations. Comment deadline November 10, 2021.
NFPA 1321, Standard for Fire Investigation Units. Comment deadline January 5, 2022.
For a full list of forensic science standards that are currently open for comment at OSAC and SDOs, 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.
The following documents are being initiated and are expected to result in new or revised standards.
The Glass Task Group of OSAC’s Trace Materials Subcommittee has created a survey that is intended to help them prioritize and improve the drafting and editing of ASTM standards related to forensic glass analysis. They are requesting your input so that they can better understand the current and anticipated future status of glass analysis at forensic laboratories.
The task group requests that only one survey be completed per laboratory, so please collaborate as needed to provide the most accurate answers for your laboratory. Please feel free to share the survey link with other laboratories that conduct trace evidence examinations, particularly those that conduct glass analysis.
Survey link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQ6MV9XYvJuCqW9WBGCNdXziQBrWktb8S2ilJ5BtwnW24Q4A/viewform
The deadline to complete the survey is October 19, 2021. Please contact Troy Ernst (ernstt [at] michigan.gov) with any questions.
ASTM Committee E30 on Forensic Science will be hosting a virtual workshop on the role and value of voluntary consensus standards in the criminalistics, interdisciplinary, and digital multimedia disciplines on October 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST. Learn more and register.
The Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) has announced the lineup for its fall 2021 webinar series, beginning September 22 and continuing through December 9. The following webinars are free and open to the public, but researchers and members of the forensics and statistics communities are encouraged to attend. Learn more and register.
NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) provides evidence-based resources about forensic technologies and emerging challenges. Check out these past and upcoming FTCoE events:
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