The OSAC Registry Approval Process for Published Standards (i.e., legacy process) is used to review existing, SDO published standards for technical quality and placement on the Registry. This process applies to published standards that were previously drafted within OSAC and submitted to an SDO before October 1, 2020.
If a subcommittee approves moving an SDO published standard through this process it will first be evaluated by forensic science practitioners, academic researchers, statisticians, and legal representatives on the subcommittee to assess its technical merit.
Once this assessment is complete and the standard is determined to be technically sound, OSAC will open a 30-day open comment period to solicit feedback from forensic science stakeholders on whether it should be included on the Registry as a published standard. After the comment period closes, the subcommittee will formally adjudicate any public comments received from the community and vote to move the published standard forward in the process.
NOTE: Stakeholders from the forensic science community are also encouraged to provide comments on standards during an SDO’s open comment period. Visit the OSAC website to see the current list of standards open for comment for the OSAC Registry and at SDOs.
After the subcommittee has voted to move the SDO published standard forward, the Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) will review it and the adjudicated comments and vote to approve the standard for placement on the Registry.
If approved, the standard will be listed on the Registry as an SDO published standard and any public comments received from the open comment period, along with their adjudication, are shared.