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Standards Open for Comment

Published Standards Open for OSAC Registry Comment

The following SDO published standard is being considered for the OSAC Registry. Please submit your comments by 11:59 p.m. ET on June 6, 2022 on whether it should be included.  

  • ANSI/ASB Standard 092, Standard for Training and Certification of Canine Detection of Explosives, First Edition, 2021. Submit your comments here.
NOTE: IN JANUARY 2022, OSAC’S FORENSIC SCIENCE STANDARDS BOARD (FSSB) APPROVED THAT THE REQUIREMENT FOR AN OSAC-MANAGED COMMENT PERIOD FOR REGISTRY APPROVAL OF SDO PUBLISHED STANDARDS CAN BE MET DURING THE SDO’S PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD. THE PUBLIC WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT ON A STANDARD DURING ITS DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE SDO’S PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD. THIS CHANGE ALLOWS COMMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED DURING THE SDO DEVELOPMENT PROCESS, PRIOR TO PUBLICATION, ENABLING UPGRADES TO BE DIRECTLY INCORPORATED INTO THE STANDARD RATHER THAN RECEIVING THE COMMENTS AFTER THE STANDARD IS PUBLISHED. IN CASES WHERE OSAC CAN DOCUMENT THE SDO’S PUBLIC COMMENT OPPORTUNITY, OSAC WILL NOT EXECUTE A SECOND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD DURING ITS REGISTRY APPROVAL PROCESS. SEE THE SDO UPDATES BELOW FOR INFORMATION ON THE STANDARDS CURRENTLY OPEN FOR COMMENT AT SDOS.

OSAC Proposed Standards Open for Comment

There are currently no draft OSAC Proposed Standards going through the Registry approval process

Standards Open for Comment at SDOs

Academy Standards Board (ASB)

The AAFS Academy Standards Board (ASB) is currently soliciting public comments on the following forensic science standards. To provide comments, download the comment template and return it to asb [at] aafs.org by the deadline. 

crime scene investigation & Reconstruction
Friction Ridge 
*Comments on a re-circulation will only be accepted on revised sections of a document. Comments made to text not revised from the original comment period will not be accepted. 

ASTM 

On May 6, 2022, a call for public comments was published on page 10 and 11 in the ANSI Standards Action for the following ASTM work items (WK). To obtain an electronic copy of these ASTM documents, email Corice Leonard at accreditation [at] astm.org. Submit comments to accreditation [at] astm.org by June 20, 2022. 

  • ASTM WK70035-2020x, Practice for Use of Color in the Visual Examination and Forensic Comparison of Soil Samples
  • ASTM WK72526-2020x, Practice for Expert Opinions on the Interpretation of Primer Gunshot Residue (pGSR) Analysis by Scanning Electron Microscopy/Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectrometry (SEM/EDS).

Looking for tips on the open comment process? 

Check out this article by Karen Reczek, FSSB NIST Ex Officio, on best practice recommendations for submitting comments on draft standards.

Created July 29, 2020, Updated May 17, 2022