As more SDO published and OSAC Proposed Standards are added to the Registry, it may be helpful for forensic science service providers (FSSPs) to stay informed about the latest additions and the standards moving through the Registry approval process.
As the number of implementers continues to increase, OSAC also wants to better understand how the standards on the Registry are being used, the challenges around standards implementation, and what support is needed to improve it. The OSAC Registry Implementation Survey is a tool OSAC has used to collect this information on an annual basis. The first OSAC Registry Implementation Survey was released in 2021 (opened June 10 - August 31) and the second in 2022 (opened June 10 - August 31). FSSPs from across the country were encouraged to participate. Detailed reports for the 2021 and 2022 Registry Implementation Surveys are available on the OSAC Registry Implementation Survey webpage.
Stakeholders in the forensic science and criminal justice communities as well as Congress have expressed interest in following the progress of standards implementation by FSSPs.
Tips for Success:
- Assign a representative of your organization to monitor the OSAC Standards Bulletin each month for new standards that have been added to the Registry. If new standards are added to the OSAC Registry that are relevant to your operations, notify the respective technical leader in your agency to review. There are over 140 standards posted on the OSAC Registry, more than 50 standards published by SDOs awaiting OSAC review and more than 150 OSAC drafted standards at SDOs awaiting review. The range of disciplines that will be impacted directly by standards approved for the Registry is expanding rapidly. To help find the standards relevant to each discipline, the OSAC Program Office has prepared a list of Registry standards compiled by discipline as well as a list of recently approved SDO standards working their way through the OSAC approval process, also categorized by discipline. In addition, the list includes a section on OSAC drafted standards that have been forwarded to SDOs for consideration. The list is updated regularly and is located on the OSAC Work Products web page.
- Stay tuned for future announcements about OSAC's Summer Open Enrollment Period for FSSPs implementing standards on the OSAC Registry. Join our mailing list to be notified and receive other important standards-related announcements.
- Visit the OSAC Work Products webpage to download and view a list of the OSAC proposed and SDO published standards moving through the development and Registry approval processes.