The aim of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) is to identify and promote technically sound, consensus-based, fit-for-purpose documentary standards that are based on sound scientific principles. This will be achieved through the OSAC Registry. A standard that is posted on the Registry demonstrates that the methods it contains have been assessed to be valid by forensic practitioners, academic researchers, measurement scientists, and statisticians through a consensus development process that allows participation and comment from all relevant stakeholders.
Below is a listing of standards that are under consideration for the OSAC Registry, along with their status in the approval process.
Intent to Add to the OSAC Registry – Items Open for Comment
The intent of the open comment period is to collect opinion on inclusion of the standard to the OSAC Registry (OSAC is not soliciting potential revisions to the documents themselves.) Comments should be specific as to why the document should or should not be on the OSAC Registry.
ISO/IEC 17025:2017 General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories
This standard would replace ISO/IEC 170025:2005, which is already on the OSAC Registry.
Standards in Comment Adjudication Phase
The comment period closes on the standards as OSAC units review and adjudicate comments received.
There are no items in the comment adjudication phase at this time.
Standards at FSSB for Vote
One objective of a forensic glass examination is to compare glass samples to determine if they can be discriminated using their physical, optical or chemical properties (for example, color, refractive index (RI), density, elemental composition). If the samples are distinguishable in any of these observed and measured properties, it may be concluded that they did not originate from the same source of broken glass. If the samples are indistinguishable in all of these observed and measured properties, the possibility that they originated from the same source of glass cannot be eliminated. The use of an elemental analysis method such as inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry yields high discrimination among sources of glass. This test method covers a procedure for quantitative determination of the concentrations of magnesium (Mg), aluminum (Al), iron (Fe), titanium (Ti), manganese (Mn), rubidium (Rb), strontium (Sr), zirconium (Zr), barium (Ba), lanthanum (La), cerium (Ce), neodymium (Nd), samarium (Sm), and lead (Pb) in glass samples.
* This document has been sent back to the standards developing organization for the addition of two references. The FSSB will reconsider the vote once the document is republished.
This standard defines the minimum requirements for establishing measurement traceability in forensic toxicology laboratories.
Standards in the Appeals Phase
The appeals phase is open for the following standard(s). Appeals may only be submitted by individuals or groups that submitted a comment during the open comment phase that believe their comment was not properly adjudicated. Submitted appeals must relate to the comment adjudication process, not technical issues.
***These dates only reflect the date that the 30-day appeal process opens/closes. If an appeal is not filed, the standard will be moved to the OSAC Registry. If an appeal is filed, an ad-hoc appeal panel is appointed to issue a decision.***
No items are in the Appeals Phase at this time.