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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. 


Published Standards

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Published Standards

Digital Evidence

Published Standards

Dogs & Sensors

Published Standards

Facial Identification

Published Standards

Fire & Explosion Investigation

Published Standards

Fire Debris

Published Standards

Medicolegal Death Investigation

Published Standards 


Published Standards

Seized Drugs

Published Standards


Published Standards

Trace Evidence

Published Standards

Wildlife Forensics

Published Standards


Published Standards

note: criminal justice agencies can access the astm standards above by visiting the access to standards webpage

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

FY 2020 | FY 2019 | FY 2018 | FY 2017 | FY 2016 | Archive

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Created October 27, 2015, Updated January 19, 2021