October 26, 2020 Feature

A Path Forward: The Value of Forensic Science Standards Development and Use to the American Legal System

Matthew F. Redle and The Honorable Christopher J. Plourd

The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science can trace its origins back to the 2009 report of the National Academy of Sciences Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward [hereinafter Strengthening Forensic Science]. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS or Academy) is a private, nonprofit organization. In 1863, the U.S. Congress granted its charter. That charter mandates that the Academy advise the federal government on matters of science and technical issues. The Academy describes itself as “a self-perpetuating society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research” and “dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology.”

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