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OSAC Registry Implementation Survey

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OSAC wants to better understand how the standards on the OSAC 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 we use to collect this information on an annual basis.  

The 2022 OSAC Registry Implementation Survey will provide an assessment of 95 standards posted on the OSAC Registry through June 2022. This survey was opened from June 10 through August 31, 2022, and the OSAC Program Office is currently reviewing the survey responses. Additional information about the survey can be found in the survey information sheet. Preliminary findings will be available in OSAC's Fall Newsletter/Annual Report and a detailed report will be released in February 2023.

Frequently Asked Questions about the OSAC Registry Implementation Survey


What is the purpose of the survey?

The OSAC Registry Implementation Survey is a tool OSAC will use to assess the year-over-year progress in the implementation of standards on the OSAC Registry. The input from the annual survey will also help to identify potential challenges and opportunities to improve standards implementation.  

Who should complete the survey?

Forensic science service providers across the country are encouraged to complete this survey. Multiple individuals within the same organization may receive the survey and OSAC requests that only one response be submitted per organization and location. For example, a state laboratory with multiple regional laboratories should submit a separate response for each of its locations.   

Who is considered a forensic service provider? 

A forensic science agency or forensic science practitioner providing forensic science services [1].

What will you do with the results of the survey?

After the survey closes on August 31, the OSAC Program Office will compile and analyze the survey responses. In October, preliminary survey results will be published in OSAC’s Fall Newsletter/Annual Report and presented at the 2022 Association of Forensic Quality Assurance Managers (AFQAM) Meeting. A detailed report of the survey results will be published in February 2023. This information will be shared for the benefit of the forensic science community and individual organization data and names will remain confidential.

Have questions?

Please email the OSAC Program Office (forensics [at] nist.gov) with any questions or if you need assistance. 

Past OSAC Registry Implementation Surveys

[1] ASTM E1732-22, Standard Terminology Relating to Forensic Science
Created June 10, 2021, Updated September 13, 2022