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 valid, reliable and reproducible.
All the standards on this registry have passed a rigorous technical and quality review by OSAC members, including forensic science practitioners, research scientists, statisticians and legal experts. OSAC encourages the forensic science community to implement these published and proposed standards.
The OSAC Registry includes two types of standards:
Anthropology | Biology/DNA | Bloodstain Pattern Analysis | Crime Scene Investigation | Digital Evidence | Dogs & Sensors | Facial Identification | Fire & Explosion Investigation | Fire Debris | Firearms & Toolmarks | Footwear & Tire | Friction Ridge | Gunshot Residue Analysis | Medicolegal Death Investigation | Odontology | Seized Drugs | Toxicology | Trace Evidence | Video/Imaging Technology & Analysis | Wildlife Forensics | Interdisciplinary
ANSI/ASB Standard 022, Standard for Forensic DNA Analysis Training Programs, First Edition, 2019 (added September 1, 2020).
ANSI/ASB Standard 140, Standard for Training in Forensic Human Mitochondrial DNA Analysis, Interpretation, Comparison, Statistical Evaluation, and Reporting, First Edition, 2021 (added April 5, 2022).
NFPA 921:2017 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations (added November 1, 2017).
NFPA 1033:2014 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator (added December 22, 2016).
ASTM E1968-19 Standard Practice for Microcrystal Testing in Forensic Analysis of Cocaine (added July 6, 2021).
ASTM E2329-17 Standard Practice for Identification of Seized Drugs (added August 7, 2018).
View the previous version, E2548-11e1, in the Registry archive.
ASTM E2882-19 Standard Guide for Analysis of Clandestine Drug Laboratory Evidence (added July 6, 2021).
Criminal justice agencies can access the ASTM standards above by visiting the Access to Standards webpage.