OSAC works to ensure the highest-quality standards are available to the forensic science community. To do this, we evaluate published and proposed standards using two processes:
The FSSB is provided with the OSAC Proposed Standard and the adjudicated comments, and they are given an opportunity review this information and petition adding the OSAC Proposed Standard to the Registry. If a petition for additional review is granted, then the FSSB will discuss the OSAC Proposed Standard and vote whether to place it on the Registry.
If there is no petition for additional FSSB review, then the OSAC Proposed Standard is listed on the Registry and is sent to an SDO for further development and publication. To help fill the standards gap during the time it takes for an SDO to complete the standards development process, OSAC encourages forensic science service providers to implement these high-quality proposed standards.
The OSAC Proposed Standard proceeds through the SDO's specific consensus-based development process. While at the SDO, the public, RTGs, and other interested stakeholders have another opportunity to provide comments on the document. The SDO process may take several years, and in the end, results in a published standard.
Note: There are standards that were sent to an SDO prior to October 2020 (see the Registry Approval Process for Published Standards, or legacy process). If RTGs and the public provide comments during an SDO's open comment period, the standard can proceed directly to the subcommittee and FSSB for approval and will not need an additional comment period at OSAC.
After the standard is published by the SDO, the subcommittee determines whether to add it to the Registry.
The FSSB will have an opportunity to review and petition adding the SDO published standard to the Registry. If a petition for additional review is granted, then the FSSB will discuss the published standard and vote whether to place it on the Registry.
If there is no petition, the SDO published standard will replace the OSAC Proposed Standard on the Registry.