OSAC works to strengthen forensic practice through standards. To do this, we:
The term "standard" applies collectively to a document which has been prepared by a standards developing organization (SDO). A standard can be best practice recommendations, classifications, codes, guides, methods/test methods, practices, specifications, or vocabulary/terminology. The elements required in a standard will differ by the type of standard and by the SDO.
In support of our mission, the Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) has identified nine areas that are priorities for forensic science standards development:
In addition to drafting standards, OSAC may develop and share other work products that support standards advancement and implementation. For example, historical documents and reference materials, as well as information on completed and ongoing OSAC activities can provide valuable input for needed standards and help stakeholders better understand the nature, scope, scientific basis, current practice, and limitations of a forensic science discipline.