Implementation of Standards

After attending this presentation, attendees will have gained insight regarding tools, training, and resources to support the implementation of standards on the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) Registry. Specifically, attendees will understand how to access and use checklists to document objective evidence of conformance and how to use these checklists within their own organizations for gap analysis or for internal auditing purposes.

  • Open to All Meeting Registrants — Pre-Registration Encouraged

OSAC Registry Checklists

Tuesday, February 14, 2023. 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. CE Hours: 3.5

Impact Statement

Forensic science service providers will benefit from additional resources that are available to facilitate OSAC Registry implementation efforts (i.e., checklists) as part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology-American Academy of Forensic Sciences (NIST-AAFS) Collaborative Agreement.

Program Description

In this interdisciplinary symposium, checklists to document objective evidence of conformance, progress toward implementation, and auditing use will be explained. Insights regarding checklist development, beta-testing, delivery, and versioning will be presented. Collaborations with quality management personnel will be explored, and the practical use of checklists within a forensic service provider will be discussed.

During this interdisciplinary symposium, the benefits of checklist use will be presented. Free access to this resource will be provided, and the practical use of these flexible tools will be explained from the perspective of the developers, providers, and other stakeholders. This special session will include instructions regarding the use of checklists for standards on the OSAC Registry, integration in the quality management system, and practical advice regarding their use. This session will also include an interactive session and panel discussion to provide feedback, ask questions, and gain insight from FSPs that are using the checklists.


Introduction | Sarah Kerrigan, PhD

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM

The Role of NIST in Consensus-Based Standards | Allison Getz, BS

8:15 AM – 8:35 AM

Overview of the NIST-AAFS Checklist Initiative | Laurel Farrell, BA

8:35 AM – 8:50 AM

Demonstration and Use of the Checklist | Erika Ziemak, MSFS

8:50 AM – 9:50 AM

Interactive Quiz | Sarah Kerrigan, PhD

9:50 AM – 10:00AM


10:00 AM – 10:20 AM

Role of AFQAM and QM Perspective | Lori Nix, BS

10:20 AM – 10:35 AM

Practical Implementation of Checklists in an Operational Setting | Erika Ziemak, MSFS; Jason Bundy; Chris Krug, MS

10:35 AM – 11:15 AM

Panel Discussion | All Speakers

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Sarah Kerrigan, PhD

Sam Houston State University. Huntsville, TX.

Allison Getz, BS

NIST. Gaithersburg, MD.

Lori Nix, BS

Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Decatur, GA.

Laurel Farrell, BA

ANSI National Accreditation Board. Firestone, CO.

Jason Bundy

Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Tallahassee, FL.

Erika Ziemak, MSFS

Houston Forensic Science Center. Houston, TX.

Chris Krug, MS

Johnson County Sheriff's Office. Olathe, KS.

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