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Organization of Scientific Area Committees

Welcome to the OSAC home page. OSAC is part of an initiative by NIST and the Department of Justice to strengthen forensic science in the United States. We will add web pages to this site for each OSAC component as members are named. Our clickable org chart below – or the navigation box on the left – will take you to those pages.

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

Latest OSAC developments

OSAC Circular Organization chart Forensic Science Standards Board Quality Infrastructure Committee Human Factors Committee Legal Resource Committee

Read about the latest OSAC developments here.

Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB)

Resource Committees

Committees and Subcommittees

  • Biology/DNA
    • DNA Analysis 1
    • DNA Analysis 2
    • Wildlife Forensics
  • Chemistry/Instrumental Analysis
    • Controlled Substances
    • Fire Debris and Explosives
    • Geological Materials
    • Gunshot Residue
    • Materials (Trace)
    • Toxicology
  • Crime Scene/Death Investigation
    • Anthropology
    • Disaster Victim Identification
    • Dogs and Sensors
    • Fire Scene and Explosives
    • Medical/Legal Death Investigation
    • Odontology
  • IT/Multimedia
    • Facial Identification
    • Imaging Technologies
    • Speaker Recognition
  • Physics/Pattern
    • Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
    • Friction Ridge
    • Firearms/Toolmarks
    • Footwear and Tire Tread
    • Questioned Documents

Read about OSAC developments. See OSAC roles and responsibilities.