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Standards Open for Comment

Published Standards Open for OSAC Registry Comment

The following SDO published standard is being considered for the OSAC Registry. Please submit your comments by 11:59 p.m. ET on November 1, 2021 on whether it should be included on the Registry.

  • ASTM E2808-21a Standard Guide for Microspectrophotometry in Forensic Paint Analysis. Submit your comments here

OSAC Proposed Standards Open for Comment

The following draft OSAC Proposed Standards are being considered for submission to an SDO. The final draft provided to the SDO will be available on the OSAC Registry as an “OSAC Proposed Standard.” OSAC welcomes comments on whether the current draft is suitable for release to the SDO as well as suggestions for improvements in content and wording. To be considered, comments must be placed in the OSAC Comment Form and sent to comments [at] by 11:59 p.m. ET on November 1, 2021.

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis:
Fire Debris:
Friction Ridge:
Gunshot Residue Analysis
Video/Imaging Technology & Analysis
Wildlife Forensics:
note: osac resource task group members are encouraged to comment on these standards by downloading the rtg comment table found on the internal website and submitting it to forensics [at] in accordance with the registry approval process.

Comments submitted, including the commenter's name and/or affiliation, will be made available to the public.

Standards Open for Comment at SDOs

Academy Standards Board (ASB)

To provide comments on the following ASB documents, download the comment template and return it to asb [at] by the comment deadline. 

*Comments on a re-circulation will only be accepted on revised sections of a document. Comments made to text not revised from the original comment period will not be accepted. 


To obtain an electronic copy of the ASTM standards below, email Laura Klineburger at accreditation [at] Submit comments to psa [at] by the comment deadline.

Gunshot Residue Analysis - Comment deadline November 1, 2021:
  • ASTM WK58457 Standard Practice for Training in the Forensic Examination of Primer Gunshot Residue (pGSR) Using Scanning Electron Microscopy/Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectrometry (SEM/EDS). 
Ignitable Liquids & Explosives - Comment deadline November 1, 2021:
  • ASTM WK67862 Standard Practice for Establishing an Examination Scheme for Intact Explosives.  
  • ASTM WK73923 Standard Practice for Establishing an Examination Scheme for Explosive Residues.
  • ASTM WK78319 Standard Practice for Separation of Ignitable Liquid Residues from Fire Debris Samples by Solvent Extraction (revision of E1386). 
Trace Materials - Comment deadline November 1, 2021:
  • ASTM WK58028 Standard Guide for Forensic Examination of Non-Reactive Dyes in Textile Fibers by Thin-Layer Chromatography (revision of E2227). 
  • ASTM WK70035 Standard Practice for Use of Color in Visual Examination and Forensic Comparison of Soil Samples. 
  • ASTM WK72932 Standard Guide for the Collection, Analysis and Comparison of Forensic Glass Samples
  • ASTM WK73180 Standard Guide for Microscopical Examination of Textile Fibers (revision of E2228). 
  • ASTM WK73181 Standard Guide for Forensic Analysis of Fibers by Infrared Spectroscopy (revision of E2224). 
  • ASTM WK75645 Standard Guide for Forensic Examination of Fabrics and Cordage (revision of E2225). 
  • ASTM WK74138 Standard Guide for Using Micro X-ray Fluorescence (μ-XRF) in Forensic Polymer Examinations. 
Interdisciplinary - Comment deadline November 1, 2021
  • ASTM WK66161 Standard Practice for Reporting Incidents that May Involve Criminal or Civil Litigation (revision of E1020-13e1). 
  • ASTM WK70379 Standard Practice for Examining And Preparing Items That Are Or May Become Involved In Criminal or Civil Litigation (revision of E860-07(2013)e2). 


To submit a public input using the online submission system, go directly to the NFPA standard using the appropriate link below. Once on the standard page, select the link “Submit a Public Input” to begin the process. You will be asked to sign-in or create a free online account with NFPA before using this system. If you have questions, a chat feature is available, or contact NFPA by email or phone at 1-800-344-3555.

Looking for tips on the open comment process? 

Check out this article by Karen Reczek, FSSB NIST Ex Officio, on best practice recommendations for submitting comments on draft standards.

Created July 29, 2020, Updated October 18, 2021