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Organization of Scientific Area Committees

OSAC is part of an initiative by NIST and the Department of Justice to strengthen forensic science in the United States. The organization is a collaborative body of more than 500 forensic science practitioners and other experts who represent local, state, and federal agencies; academia; and industry. NIST has established OSAC to support the development and promulgation of forensic science consensus documentary standards and guidelines, and to ensure that a sufficient scientific basis exists for each discipline.

Use the clickable OSAC graphic (below) or the navigation box on the left to learn more about each OSAC component. See also our traditional organization chart (PDF).

See the OSAC charter & bylaws, terms of reference, and other public materials in the OSAC Library.

Forensic Science Standards Board Crime Scene / Death Investigation Physics / Pattern Interpretation Chemistry / Instrument Analysis Biology / DNA Digital/Multimedia Video / Imaging Tech. and Analysis Speaker Recognition Facial Identification Digital Evidence Anthropology Disaster Victim Identification Dogs and Sensors Fire Scene and Explosives Medicolegal Death Investigation Odontology Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Firearms/Toolmarks Footwear and Tire Tread Forensic Documents Examination Friction Ridge Toxicology Seized Drugs Materials (Trace) Gunshot Residue Geological Materials Fire Debris and Explosives Wildlife Forensics Biological Methods Biological Data Interpretation and Reporting Quality Infrastructure Committee Human Factors Committee Legal Resource Committee

Read about the latest OSAC developments here.

Forensic Science Standards Board

Resource Committees

Committees and Subcommittees


Read about OSAC developments. See OSAC roles and responsibilities.