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OSAC Catalog of External Standards and Guidelines

four graphics of pattern of fingerprints
Credit: NIST

The OSAC Catalog of External Standards and Guidelines is a collection of standards, guidelines and other documents applicable to forensic science. None of the documents in the catalog have been developed or approved by OSAC (the Organization of Scientific Area Committees). The catalog was compiled by NIST staff in early 2015 for OSAC members to assess existing standards, guidelines and best practices that are already publicly available.

The catalog was updated in June of 2016. The catalog is available to download as a sortable Excel spreadsheet (link opens an Excel .xlsx file). It contains the titles and source information for more than 700 standards, guidelines and related documents. The catalog also lists web addresses for documents that are available online.

Contact Shannan Williams in the NIST Forensic Science Program with any questions.

NOTE: This Excel file has not been updated since June 2016 and is being provided as a source for historical data.   Data and information released from the OSAC Catalog of External Standards, at NIST are provided on an "AS IS" basis, without representation or warranty of any kind, including without limitation the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. Data and/or information may contain errors or be incomplete.


Created December 10, 2014, Updated February 26, 2019