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Get Involved with OSAC

Help make an impact on the forensic science community through standards.

OSAC offers a variety of ways for members, affiliates, and other experts in the forensic science community to participate in the standards advancement process. 

Evaluate OSAC’s Material (Trace) draft document Standard Practice for Interpretation and Report Writing in Forensic Comparison of Trace Materials.

OSAC’s Materials (Trace) Subcommittee will be conducting an interlaboratory data collection exercise to evaluate the draft of its Standard Practice for Interpretation and Report Writing in Forensic Comparison of Trace Materials. The first round of this study will focus on forensic paint analysis and is expected to begin this summer. Participants will have 15 scenarios to work through and chose a conclusion. No data will be provided to view and evaluate; however, the summary of data and results will be shared. We encourage you to start reviewing this document now, paying attention to sections 1-5 and 9 and to also share this information with your colleagues. 

To participate, please complete this form. If you have any questions about this interlaboratory exercise, please send them to Andria Mehltrerrer ( 

Participate in an interlaboratory study for organic gunshot residue.

OSAC’s Organic Gunshot Residue Task Group (TG) is looking for participants to join an interlaboratory study on the collection and analysis of organic gunshot residues. This study is intended to support a draft standard practice the TG has developed which contains methodologies for gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) and liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS) analyses of organic gunshot residues. Visit the Gunshot Residue Subcommittee webpage to learn more about the study and how you can participate. 

Join a task group to develop an ASTM training standard on legal issues.

Past chair of OSAC’s Legal Resource Committee, Judge Christopher Plourd, is leading efforts to develop a legal education standard for forensic science practitioners. This proposed standard, Standard Practice for Forensic Science Practitioner and Forensic Science Service Provider Training on Legal Issues, will identify the recurring and important legal issues that forensic practitioners and forensic science service providers should be aware of and trained on. 

If you are a forensic science practitioner within OSAC and would like to be on this task group, please email Judge Plourd ( briefly describing your interest and your background in education and training within the forensic science discipline. You do not have to be a member of ASTM to be a member of this task group. 

Provide comments on standards that are open for comment at OSAC and SDOs.

Read the latest OSAC Standards Bulletin to learn more about the forensic science standards under development and provide your feedback on the standards under consideration for the Registry and open for comment at SDOs. 

Join other forensic science service providers on the standards implementation journey.

Tell us your standards story – how you or your organization are benefiting from implementing the OSAC Registry approved standards – to be featured in a news story. 

Become an OSAC member or affiliate.

Apply to join OSAC and help develop the standards needed for your discipline. 

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Created May 18, 2020, Updated May 21, 2020