The OSAC Registry serves as a trusted repository of high-quality, technically sound standards and guidelines for the practice of forensic science. To improve consistency within and across forensic science disciplines, ensure confidence in the accuracy, reliability, and reproducibility of laboratory results, and positively increase the impact of admissibility and expert testimony in courts of law, OSAC encourages our stakeholders in the forensic science and criminal justice communities to implement the OSAC Registry Approved Standards into their everyday practice.
To be placed on the Registry, a standard or guideline must have been developed using a consensus-based process through a standards developing organization (SDO). After being published by an SDO, a standard under consideration for placement on the OSAC Registry will be evaluated further by forensic science practitioners, academic researchers, statisticians, and measurement scientists to assess its technical merit.
Once the assessment is complete and the document has been determined to be technically sound, OSAC will open a comment period to solicit feedback from our forensic science stakeholders. After the comment period closes, OSAC will address the feedback received from the community and take it into consideration when voting whether to include the standard on the OSAC Registry. After any appeals are finalized and the document becomes a Registry Approved Standard, OSAC will share any public documents that were associated with the standard as it moved through the Registry Approval process.
Many SDO published forensic science standards are not included on the OSAC Registry. This does not mean OSAC considers them unsound, rather, the absence of a document from the Registry may mean the standard has not yet been recommended or it may only meet some of OSAC’s criteria for inclusion. OSAC elevates SDO published standards to the OSAC Registry as an endorsement of the document’s high quality and to encourage its use by relevant stakeholders in the forensic science community.