NIST is working with the forensic science community to establish the new Organization for Scientific Area Committees (OSAC). OSAC will coordinate development of standards and guidelines for the forensic science community to improve quality and consistency of work in the forensic science community. View the current organizational chart. Click on the links below to learn about OSAC developments.
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Oct. 29, 2014 - 402 Members Named to Forensic Science Standards Organization (news announcement)
Sept. 8, 2014 – New Forensic Subcommittee on Digital Evidence Added to Organization of Scientific Area Committees (news announcement)
Sept. 3, 2014 – Forensic Science Standards Effort Takes Shape as NIST Appoints Scientific Area Committees Members (news announcement)
July 17, 2014 – NIST Names Members of Forensic Science Resource Committees (news announcement)
July 7, 2014 – Presentation slides for first FSSB virtual meeting (opens PDF)
June 26, 2014 – NIST Names Members to First Forensic Science Standards Board (news release)
May 14, 2014 - OSAC Update Presented to National Commission on Forensic Science, presentation slides (opens PDF)
April 11, 2014 - Calling Forensic Scientists: Apply Now to Join the NIST Organization of Scientific Area Committees (news update)
April 11, 2014 - The OSAC Roles and Responsibilities document is now available.
April 11, 2014 - Application form for NIST Organization of Scientific Area Committees is online. Apply now.
March 18, 2014 - Application Form for NIST Organization of Scientific Area Committees Coming Soon (news update)
March 18, 2014 - Updated summary of the NIST Plan for the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (pdf)
Feb. 18, 2014 - NIST Forensic Science team gave a panel presentation at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting.
Feb. 7, 2014 – NIST Presents an Infrastructure Plan to Strengthen Forensic Science Committees
Feb. 7, 2014 – Revised slide presentation on OSAC (pdf)
Sept. 27, 2013 – NIST Invites Comments on Structure of Forensic Science Guidance Groups (news release)