Groups

  • The Anthropology Consensus Body will focus on standards and guidelines related to application of anthropological methods and theory, particularly those relating to the recovery and analysis of human remains.
  • The Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Consensus Body focuses on standards and guidelines related to the scientific detection and analysis of bloodstain patterns present at crime scenes and on associated evidence.
  • The Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Consensus Body focuses on standards and guidelines related to fatality management of a mass fatality incident that involves the scientific identification of human remains.
  • The DNA Consensus Body focuses upon the standards and guidelines related to the use of DNA in legal proceedings. It includes the development of pedigree charts as well as sample collection, preparation, analyses, and interpretation of DNA.
  • The Firearms and Toolmarks Consensus Body focuses on standards and guidelines related to the examination of firearm and toolmark evidence. This includes the comparison of microscopic toolmarks on bullets, cartridge cases, and other ammunition components and may also include firearm function testing, serial number restoration, muzzle-to-object distance determination, tools, and toolmarks.
  • The Footwear and Tire Consensus Body focuss on standards and guidelines related to the detection, documentation, recovery, examination, and comparison of footwear and tire evidence.
  • The Forensic Document Examination Consensus Body focuses on standards and guidelines related to the forensic analysis, comparison, and evaluation of documents.
  • The Friction Ridge Consensus Body focuses on standards and guidelines related to the forensic examination of friction ridge detail from the hands and feet.
  • The Medicolegal Death Investigation Consensus Body focuses on standards and guidelines related to sudden, unnatural, unexplained or suspicious deaths, including homicides, suicides, unintentional fatal injuries, drug-related deaths and other deaths that are sudden or unexpected; determination of the cause and manner of death.
  • The Odontology Consensus Body focuses on standards and guidelines related to application of dental science to the identification of unknown human remains and bite marks, using both physical and biological dental evidence.
  • The Toxicology Consensus Body focuses on standards and guidelines related to the analysis of biological samples for alcohol, drugs, or poisons, and the interpretation of these results.
  • The Wildlife Forensics Consensus Body focuses on standards and guidelines related to taxonomic identification, individualization, and geographic origin of non-human biological evidence based on morphological and genetic analyses. Not restricted to OSAC's Wildlife Forensics Subcommittee, but has accepted input from that subcommittee.