The OSAC Registry is a repository of selected published and proposed standards for forensic science. These documents contain minimum requirements, best practices, standard protocols, terminology, or other information to promote valid, reliable, and reproducible forensic results.
The standards on this Registry have undergone a technical and quality review process that actively encourages feedback from forensic science practitioners, research scientists, human factors experts, statisticians, legal experts, and the public. Placement on the Registry requires a consensus (as evidenced by 2/3 vote or more) of both the OSAC subcommittee that proposed the inclusion of the standard and the Forensic Science Standards Board.
OSAC encourages the forensic science community to implement the published and proposed standards on the Registry to help advance the practice of forensic science.
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 & Explosives | Firearms & Toolmarks | Footwear & Tire | Forensic Document Examination | Friction Ridge | Gunshot Residue | Medicolegal Death Investigation | Odontology | Seized Drugs | Speaker Recognition | Toxicology | Trace Evidence | Video/Imaging Technology & Analysis | Wildlife Forensics | Interdisciplinary
ANSI/ASB Standard 020, Standard for Validation Studies of DNA Mixtures, and Development and Verification of a Laboratory’s Mixture Interpretation Protocol, 2018, 1st Ed. | added May 12, 2020 | FACTSHEET | CHECKLIST
ANSI/ASB Standard 022, Standard for Forensic DNA Analysis Training Programs, 2019, 1st Ed. | added September 1, 2020 | FACTSHEET | CHECKLIST
ANSI/ASB Standard 110, Standards for Training in Forensic Serological Methods, 2020, 1st Ed. | added August 3, 2021 | FACTSHEET | CHECKLIST
ANSI/ASB Standard 115, Standard for Training in Forensic Short Tandem Repeat Typing Methods using Amplification, DNA Separation, and Allele Detection, 2020, 1st Ed. | added August 3, 2021 | FACTSHEET | CHECKLIST
ANSI/ASB Standard 116, Standard for Training in Forensic DNA Quantification Methods, 2020, 1st Ed. | added August 3, 2021 | FACTSHEET | CHECKLIST
ANSI/ASB Standard 140, Standard for Training in Forensic Human Mitochondrial DNA Analysis, Interpretation, Comparison, Statistical Evaluation, and Reporting, 2021, 1st Ed. | added April 5, 2022 | FACTSHEET | CHECKLIST
NFPA 921:2021, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations | added September 6, 2022 | FACTSHEET
NOTE: This version replaced 921:2017 previously on the Registry (see the Registry archive).
NFPA 1033:2022, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigators | added September 6, 2022 | FACTSHEET
NOTE: This version replaced 1033:2014 previously on the Registry (see the Registry archive)
OSAC Proposed Standards (1) - sent to ASTM for further development and publication:
ANSI/ASB Best Practice Recommendation 108, Forensic Odontology in Disaster Victim Identification: Best Practice Recommendations for the Medicolegal Authority, 2021, 1st Ed. | added October 4, 2022 | FACTSHEET | CHECKLIST
ANSI/ASTM E2329-17 Standard Practice for Identification of Seized Drugs | added August 7, 2018 | FACTSHEET | CHECKLIST
NOTE: The previous version, E2548-11e1, is in the Registry archive.
ANSI/ASTM E2882-19 Standard Guide for Analysis of Clandestine Drug Laboratory Evidence | added July 6, 2021 FACTSHEET | CHECKLIST
ANSI/ASTM E3255-21 Standard Practice for Quality Assurance of Forensic Science Service Providers Performing Forensic Chemical Analysis | added November 2, 202 | see Interdisciplinary section below for factsheet and checklist