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Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC)

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.


March 3, 2015OSAC Forensic Science Standards Priority Discussions Now Available in Webcast Archive

Feb. 13, 2015 - First Scientific Area Committee Meetings for Forensic Science to be Webcast

Jan. 27, 2015NIST Forensic Science Standards Committees to Hold First Public Meetings in February

Dec. 22, 2014NIST Announces Initial Members of Forensic Science Digital Evidence Subcommittee

Dec. 12, 2014 - NIST Forensics Science Standards Inventory Now Available Online

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, 2014Forensic Science Standards Effort Takes Shape as NIST Appoints Scientific Area Committees Members (news announcement)

July 17, 2014NIST Names Members of Forensic Science Resource Committees (news announcement)

July 7, 2014Presentation slides for first FSSB virtual meeting (opens PDF)

June 26, 2014NIST Names Members to First Forensic Science Standards Board (news release)

May 14, 2014 - Forensic Committee Application Closes for 2014; Candidates May Apply for 2015

May 14, 2014 - OSAC Update Presented to National Commission on Forensic Science, presentation slides (opens PDF)

April 22, 2014 - NIST Seeks Applicants to Join Forensic Science Committees (news release)

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. 14, 2014 NIST announces Feb. 18 Webcast on New Forensic Scientific Area Committees

Feb. 7, 2014NIST Presents an Infrastructure Plan to Strengthen Forensic Science Committees

Feb. 7, 2014 Revised slide presentation on OSAC (pdf)

Feb. 7, 20143-page summary of the NIST Proposed Plan for the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (pdf)

Feb. 4, 2014Slide presentation on OSAC to the National Commission on Forensic Science (pdf)

Feb. 4, 2014Public Comments on NIST Notice of Inquiry: Possible Models for the Administration and Support for Forensic Guidance Groups  (opens pdf 8MB)

Sept. 27, 2013NIST Invites Comments on Structure of Forensic Science Guidance Groups (news release)