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Standards Under Consideration

The following documents are under consideration for placement on the OSAC Registry, along with their status in the OSAC Registry approval process and legacy process for Registry approval. 

OSAC Registry Approval Process

Under Review by Scientific & Technical Review Panel (STRP) 

STRPs provide an independent technical review of draft standards or of proposed revisions of standards previously published by standards developing organizations (SDOs). The following standards are being reviewed by an STRP:

  • 2020-S-001, Standard for Friction Ridge Examination Proficiency Testing Program.
  • 2020-S-002, Physical Stability of Facial Features of Adults.
  • 2020-S-003, Guideline for Performing Alcohol Calculations in Forensic Toxicology.
  • 2020-S-004, Standard for Interpreting and Reporting DNA Test Results Associated with Failed Controls and Contamination Events.

Open for Comment

During the open comment period, OSAC provides forensic science stakeholders an opportunity to suggest revisions to the draft standard and offer their feedback on whether it should be included on the Registry as an "OSAC Proposed Standard". For a list of standards currently open for comment, please see the Standards Open for Comment webpage. 

In Comment Adjudication 

OSAC subcommittees will review and address any comments that were received during the open comment period. The following documents are currently in the comment adjudication phase:

  • None currently.

At the Subcommittee for Vote to Add "OSAC Proposed Standard" to the Registry

At this phase the OSAC subcommittee considers the STRP report and information received during the open comment period and votes to place the "OSAC Proposed Standard" on the Registry. The following "OSAC Proposed Standards" are currently at the subcommittee for vote:

  • None currently.

At the Subcommittee for Vote to Add SDO Published Standard to Registry

After an "OSAC Proposed Standard" has gone through the development process and is published by an SDO, the subcommittee can approve to place it on the Registry. If approved, the "OSAC Proposed Standard" will be archived and replaced on the Registry by the SDO published version. The following SDO published standards are being reviewed for placement on the Registry:

  • None currently.

OSAC Legacy Process for Registry Approval

Open for Comment

During the open comment period, OSAC provides forensic science stakeholders an opportunity to offer their feedback on whether an SDO published standard should be placed on the Registry. Many of the SDO published standards under consideration were initially drafted under the legacy process for Registry approval and sent to an SDO to be formally developed into an SDO published standard. For a list of standards currently open for comment, please see the Standards Open for Comment webpage. 

In Comment Adjudication 

If any negative comments are received during the open comment period, OSAC committees will address them during the comment adjudication phase. The following documents are currently in this phase:

At the Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) for Vote to Add to Registry

After all comments have been addressed, a standard will go to the FSSB. The FSSB will review the feedback received during the open comment period and vote on whether to approve it for placement on the Registry. The following documents are currently at the FSSB for vote:

  • ASTM E1388-17 Standard Practice for Static Headspace Sampling of Vapors from Fire Debris Samples.
  • ASTM E1412-19 Standard Practice for Separation of Ignitable Liquid Residues from Fire Debris Samples by Passive Headspace Concentration with Activated Charcoal
  • ASTM E1413-19 Standard Practice for Separation of Ignitable Liquid Residues from Fire Debris Samples by Dynamic Headspace Concentration onto an Adsorbent Tube
  • ASTM E3189-19 Standard Practice for Separation of Ignitable Liquid Residues from Fire Debris Samples by Static Headspace Concentration onto an Adsorbent Tube
NOTE: Criminal justice agencies can access the ASTM standards above by visiting the Access to Standards webpage.
Created April 5, 2016, Updated November 3, 2020