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Standards Resources

Whether you’re new to standards or already engaged in the development and Registry approval processes, OSAC has compiled some resources to help you.


  • Access to Standards. Learn more about the standards developing organizations (SDOs) OSAC works with and how to access forensic science standards.
  • NIST website. Get a better understanding of documentary standards and conformity assessment by visiting this website maintained by the NIST Standards Coordination Office. 
  • OSAC Standards Bulletin. Published the first Tuesday of each month, this OSAC communication provides information about the forensic science standards that are moving through the Registry approval and SDO processes. 


  • A Guide to Writing World Class Standards. Available from European Standards Organization, ETSI, this document provides information about the standards development process, how to write good requirements, and other resources.


  • Standards Open for Comment. Visit this OSAC webpage to see a complete list of the OSAC proposed and SDO published standards that are being considered for the Registry and those open for public comment at SDOs. OSAC updates this information weekly – check back often and provide your input! 
  • Best Practice Recommendations for Submitting Comments on Draft Standards. Learn more about how to review and effectively comment on draft standards in this article written by Karen Reczek, FSSB NIST Ex Officio. 


  • OSAC Registry Implementation. Explore this OSAC webpage to learn more about the strategies, resources, and other tools forensic science service providers can use to help them implement the standards on the OSAC Registry.  
  • OSAC Registry Implementation Resources. Check out this webpage to view articles, webinars, and workflows to help your implementation efforts. Also read some implementation success stories and sign-up to become a mentor to help other organizations on their implementation journey. 
Created July 28, 2022, Updated February 16, 2024