This Standards Bulletin from the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science provides an update on:
New standards placed on the OSAC Registry: 1
OSAC Registry standards open for comment: 9
SDO published standards: 4
SDO documents open for comment: 8
The OSAC Registry serves as a repository of scientifically sound forensic science standards that address discipline-specific forensic science needs. OSAC elevates standards to the OSAC Registry as an endorsement of their high quality and to encourage their use by relevant stakeholders in the forensic science community.
The following SDO published standards are being considered for the OSAC Registry. Please submit your comments by the deadline on whether they should be included on the Registry:
Comment deadline - 11:59 p.m. ET on September 4, 2020:
Comment deadline - 11:59 p.m. ET on October 1, 2020:
The following “OSAC Proposed Standards” are being considered for the OSAC Registry. Submit your comments/suggestions on the wording included in these draft standards and indicate whether they should be included on the OSAC Registry. To submit your feedback, complete the OSAC comment template and send it to forensics [at] nist.gov by 11:59 p.m. ET on September 4, 2020.
For a list of all standards currently under Registry consideration, please visit the OSAC website.
Has your organization already started implementing OSAC Registry approved standards? Complete OSAC's Laboratory Implementation Declaration Form and send it to mark.stolorow [at] nist.gov to let us know. Share your implementation experience and be featured in a future OSAC news post.
The American Academy of Forensic Science Standards Board (ASB) has recently published four new documents:
For the ADA document listed above, obtain a free electronic copy from standards [at] ada.org or order from Paul Bralower (bralowerp [at] ada.org) and send your comments to psa [at] ansi.org by the comment deadline.
* 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] aafs.org by the comment deadline.
The following documents are being initiated and are expected to result in a new or revised standard.
BSR/ASB BPR 156-202x, Guidelines for Specimen Collection and Preservation for Forensic Toxicology. This document delineates guidelines for the collection of forensic toxicology specimens; their amounts, preservatives, and storage conditions. This guideline applies to specimens collected for laboratories performing forensic toxicological analysis in the following sub-disciplines: postmortem toxicology, human performance toxicology (e.g., drug-facilitated crimes and driving-under-the-influence of alcohol or drugs) and other forensic testing (e.g., court-ordered toxicology, general forensic toxicology). It is not intended for the area of breath alcohol toxicology.
BSR/ASB Std 157-202x, Standard for Proficiency Testing in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis. This standard establishes the requirements for the design of a proficiency testing program in bloodstain pattern analysis. It includes the testing scheme, general test design, and the evaluation of test results. It does not dictate actual test content.
BSR/ASB Std 158-202x, Standard for Developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis. This standard establishes required components of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) that are part of a quality assurance program for Bloodstain Pattern Analysis. The standard specifies the requirements contained in an SOP for equipment, materials, reagents, calculations, limitations, safety, and the generation of reports. The standard is applicable to scene, laboratory, and remote examinations.
Please join us on September 30, 2020 for the OSAC Public Update Meeting. This virtual event will feature presentations from the chairs of OSAC’s Forensic Science Standards Board and five Scientific Area Committees. Each presenter will describe the standards their unit is working on and discuss research gaps, challenges, and priorities for the coming year. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. See the agenda and register.
OSAC, ASB and Promega have developed a webinar series to provide information on new/emerging standards and best practice recommendations applicable to forensic biology and DNA testing laboratories.
The third webinar in this series, Training Standards Overview, will discuss several standards written to address various areas of training in serology and DNA testing. This webinar will be held Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Learn more and register here.
The other webinars in this series are available from the Promega website for on-demand viewing:
• DNA Standards and Best Practices Developed by OSAC and ASB. Part 1: The Process
• Mixture Interpretation Validation and Protocol Development and Verification
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.