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OSAC Registry

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The OSAC Registry is a repository of high-quality, technically sound published and proposed standards for forensic science. These written documents define minimum requirements, best practices, standard protocols and other guidance to help ensure that the results of forensic analysis are valid, reliable and reproducible.

All the standards on this registry have passed a rigorous technical and quality review by OSAC members, including forensic science practitioners, research scientists, statisticians and legal experts. OSAC encourages the forensic science community to implement these published and proposed standards. 

 

The OSAC Registry includes two types of standards:

  • Published Standards. These are fully developed standards that have been published by a standards developing organization (SDO).
  • OSAC Proposed Standards. These are new or revised standards that have been drafted by OSAC and sent to an SDO to be further developed and published. These proposed standards have undergone the same rigorous technical review as the published standards on this Registry. To help fill the standards gap during the time it takes for an SDO to complete the standards development process, OSAC encourages the forensic science community to implement these high-quality proposed standards. An OSAC Proposed Standard may be revised during the SDO development process, and once available, the SDO published standard will replace the OSAC Proposed Standard on the Registry.

Anthropology

Published Standards

Biology/DNA

Published Standards

OSAC Proposed Standards 

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Published Standards

Crime Scene Investigation & Reconstruction

OSAC Proposed Standards

Digital Evidence

Published Standards

Dogs & Sensors

Published Standards

Facial Identification

Published Standards

OSAC Proposed Standards

Fire & Explosion Investigation

Published Standards

Fire Debris

Published Standards

Firearms & Toolmarks

Published Standards

Footwear & Tire

Published Standards

Gunshot Residue Analysis

Published Standards

Medicolegal Death Investigation

Published Standards 

OSAC Proposed Standards

Odontology

Published Standards

Seized Drugs

Published Standards

Toxicology

Published Standards

Trace Evidence

Published Standards

Wildlife Forensics

Published Standards

OSAC Proposed Standards

Interdisciplinary

Published Standards

Criminal justice agencies can access the ASTM standards above by visting the Access to Standards webpage. 

View the OSAC Registry standards by fiscal year (FY):

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Created October 27, 2015, Updated November 2, 2021