The Materials (Trace) Subcommittee focuses on standards and guidelines related to examination and interpretation of physical evidence that may result from the transfer of small or minute quantities of materials (e.g., hairs, fibers, paint, tape, glass).
Diana Wright, Ph.D., Subcommittee Chair, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory
Chantelle Taylor, Subcommittee Vice Chair, Arkansas State Crime Laboratory
Kathleen Boone, Subcommittee Executive Secretary, Indiana State Police Laboratory
Amanda Forster, Ph.D., National Institute of Standards and Technology
Dave Green, Lake County (Ohio) Crime Laboratory
Susan Gross, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
Celeste Grover, Oregon State Police
Tammy Jergovich, Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Sandra Koch, Pennsylvania State University
Cheryl Lozen, Michigan State Police
Andria Hobbs Mehltretter, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory
Lara Mosenthin, Kentucky State Police
Randall Nelson, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Crime Laboratory
Cedric Neumann, Ph.D., South Dakota State University
David Northrop, Ph.D., Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory
Christopher Palenik, Ph.D., Microtrace, LLC
Sandy Parent, Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory
Edward Pollock, Sacramento County (California) District Attorney's Office Laboratory
John Reffner, Ph.D., John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Jennifer Remy, North Carolina State Crime Laboratory
Candie Shegogue, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Tatiana Trejos, Ph.D., West Virginia University
Jodi Blakely Webb, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory
Robyn Weimer, Virginia Department of Forensic Science
Jerome Workman, Ph.D., Unity Scientific, MA and National University, CA
ASTM E2927-16: Standard Test Method for Determination of Trace Elements in Soda-Lime Glass Samples Using Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry for Forensic Comparisons (May 31, 2018)
See the Research & Development Needs identified by the Materials (Trace) subcommittee.
- Under Development (still being written/edited/revised within OSAC)
E2809 Standard Guide for Using Scanning Electron Microscopy/X-Ray Spectrometry in Forensic Paint Examinations
E2225 Standard Guide for Forensic Examination of Fabrics and Cordage
E2808 Standard Guide for Microspectrophotometry and Color Measurement in Forensic Paint Analysis
Standard Practice for a Forensic Tape Analysis Training Program
Standard Practice for Training in the Forensic Examination of Human Hair
Standard Practice for a Forensic Paint Analysis Training Program
Standard Practice for Interpretation and Report Writing in Forensic Comparisons of Trace Materials
Standard Guide for Using Pyrolysis Gas Chromatography and Pyrolysis Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry in Forensic Polymer Examinations
Standard Guide for Forensic Tape Analysis and Comparison
- Work Product Sent to SDO (OSAC wrote/edited/revised document and introduced to SDO for development)
E1967 Standard Test Method for the Automated Determination of Refractive Index of Glass Samples Using the Oil Immersion Method and a Phase Contrast Microscope
E2330 Standard Test Method for Determination of concentrations of Elements in Glass Samples Using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) for Forensic Comparisons
E2224 Standard Guide for Forensic Analysis of Fibers by Infrared Spectroscopy
E2228 Standard Guide for Microscopical Examination of Textile Fibers
- SDO Published (the SDO published the document and is posted on the SDO's website)
- E1610 Standard Guide for Forensic Paint Analysis and Comparison
- E2927 Standard Test Method for Determination of Trace Elements in Soda-Lime Glass Samples Using Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry for Forensic Comparisons
- E2937 Standard Guide for Using Infrared Spectroscopy in Forensic Paint Examinations
- E3085 Standard Guide for Using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy in Forensic Tape Examinations
- Entered OSAC Registry Approval Process (document is being evaluated for placement on the OSAC Registry)
E2926 Standard Test Method for Forensic Comparison of Glass Using Micro X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry
The Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) has provided the opportunity for OSAC Subcommittees to identify baseline documents and reference materials that best reflect the current state of the practice within their respective disciplines.
These documents contain practical information regarding these disciplines that can help forensic scientists, judges, lawyers, researchers, other interested parties and the general public, to better understand the nature, scope, and foundations of the individual disciplines as they are currently practiced.
It is important to note that the identification of these documents in this venue does not represent an endorsement by OSAC or NIST. Only documents that are posted on the OSAC Registry constitute OSAC endorsement. All copyrights for these documents are reserved by their owners. Subcommittee position statements or responses to data collections by the subcommittee represent the consensus opinion of the subcommittee, not necessarily the position of the entire OSAC organization or NIST.
Response to the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) publication of the “National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach” from the OSAC Materials (Trace) Subcommittee Hair Task Group
None at this time.
In general, the development of standards and guidelines is transitioning from the Scientific Working Groups (SWGs) to the OSAC. Some SWGs will continue to operate to provide other resources within their discipline. The existing SWG documents will remain in effect until updated documents are disseminated by the OSAC or the SWG. SWGDAM will retain the responsibility for updating the FBI DNA Quality Assurance Standards.
– Forensic Science Standards Board: March 2015