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OSAC Standards Bulletin, July 2019

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This Bulletin provides an update on forensic science standards moving through the development process at Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs), and those that are moving through the Registry Approval Process at the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC).

Items of note: 

  • Two new standards have been placed on the OSAC Registry!  ISO 17025:2017 General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories (from an OSAC Interdisciplinary Subcommittee) and ANSI/ASB Standard 017, Standard Practices for Measurement Traceability in Forensic Toxicology, First Edition (from the OSAC Toxicology Subcommittee) were both approved June 18, 2019 for placement on the Registry.
  • Three standards are currently open for comment for placement on the Registry:
    • From OSAC's Dogs & Sensors Subcommittee - ASB Technical Report 025, Crime Scene Death Investigation - Dogs and Sensors - Terms and Definitions, First Edition, 2017. Comment period closes July 2. 
    • From OSAC's Disaster Victim Identification Subcommittee - ANSI/ASB Best Practice Recommendation 007, Postmortem Impression Submission Strategy for Comprehensive Searches of Essential Automated Fingerprint Identification System Databases, First Edition, 2018. Comment period closes July 18.
    • From OSAC's Disaster Victim Identification Subcommittee - ANSI/ASB Best Practice Recommendation 010, Forensic Anthropology in Disaster Victim Identification: Best Practice Recommendations for the Medicolegal Authority, First Edition, 2019.  Comment period closes July 18.
  • ASTM has published two new standards: ASTM E2917 - Standard Practice for Forensic Science Practitioner Training, Continuing Education, and Professional Development Programs has been revised to E2917-19a and ASTM E2825 - Standard Guide for Forensic Digital Image Processing has been revised to E2825-19.  
  • Six documents are currently open for comment at SDOs:
    • Three documents at ASB (from OSAC's Friction Ridge,  Firearms & Toolmarks, and  Wildlife Forensics Subcommittees). Please view the Bulletin for more information on the specific standards and comment period deadlines.
    • Three documents at ASTM (from OSAC's Fire Debris & Explosives and Video/Imaging Technology & Analysis Subcommittee). Please view the Bulletin for more information on the specific standards and comment period deadlines. 
  • The video from OSAC's annual Public Update and Open Discussions meeting is now available! 
Released July 1, 2019, Updated January 22, 2021