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The Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science

Strengthening the nation's use of forensic science by facilitating the development of technically sound standards and guidelines and encouraging their use throughout the forensic science community.

What is Osac

Administered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science is a collaborative body of more than 550+ forensic science practitioners and other experts representing all levels of the government, academia, and industry. Together, these members have expertise in a broad array of forensic science disciplines as well as scientific research, measurement science, statistics, law, and policy.


OSAC is working to strengthen forensic practice through improved standards. To do this, we:

  • Facilitate the development of technically sound, science-based standards through a formal standard developing organization (SDO) process.
  • Evaluate existing standards published by SDOs for placement on the OSAC Registry.
  • Promote the use of the OSAC Registry approved standards throughout the forensic science community.

OSAC members only: To access the internal Google dashboard, please click here

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