The OSAC has implemented the OSAC Registry Approval Process, which includes criteria against which existing standards and guidelines will be analyzed before being approved for posting on the OSAC Registry. This includes an analysis of technical merit, openness of the development process (to ensure balanced interests are represented), consensus, harmonization, and impact on the forensic science community. Multiple levels of the OSAC evaluate the standards and guidelines against these criteria. If criteria are met, OSAC proceeds to issue a notice of intent that includes an open comment period to solicit feedback from all stakeholders. OSAC reviews and adjudicates all comments received and then considers the feedback when voting whether or not the standard/guideline should be included on the Registry.
Below are Registry Approval Process documents, instructions, and documents that are used during the OSAC Registry Approval Process. These documents describe the process OSAC units must follow when considering a published standard/guideline for placement on an OSAC Registry and the documents that must be completed to document that the standard/guideline meets the necessary criteria for acceptance into an OSAC Registry.
OSAC Registry Approval Process Map (Last update July 18, 2018)
OSAC Registry Approval Process Description (Last update May 14, 2018)
OSAC Registry Approval Process RA-1200 + RA-1800 Appeals (Last update June 6, 2017)
OSAC Registry Approval Process RA-700 Adjudication of Comments Procedure (Last update July 2, 2018)
OSAC QIC Form-01 Technical Merit Discussion (Last update January 8, 2018)
Technical Merit Form Training Video (Last update January 8, 2018)
OSAC QIC Form-02 Standard Development Process Worksheet (Last update March 1, 2017)
OSAC QIC Form-03 Registry Request Form (Last update March 1, 2017)
OSAC QIC Form-04 Impact Worksheet (Last update November 10, 2015)
OSAC QIC Form-05 Harmonization Worksheet (Last update March 1, 2017)
OSAC Registry Management Process (Last update March 1, 2017)
OSAC QIC Template A - Notice of Intent of to Add to Registry (Last update March 1, 2017)
OSAC QIC Template B - Justification for Non-Approval (Last update November 10, 2015)
OSAC QIC Template C - Registry Approval Comment Adjudication Template (Last update November 27, 2017)