Vacuous standards – Subversion of the OSAC standards-development process


In the context of development of standards for forensic science, particularly standards initially developed by the U.S. Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC), this perspective paper raises concern about the publication of vacuous standards. Vacuous standards generally state few requirements; the requirements they do state are often vague; compliance with their stated requirements can be achieved with little effort – the bar is set very low; and compliance with their stated requirements would not be sufficient to lead to scientifically valid results. This perspective paper proposes a number of requirements that we believe would be essential in order for a standard on validation of forensic-science methods to be fit for purpose.

Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Engineering and Technology > Mechanical, Biomedical & Design
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aston Institute of Urban Technology and the Environment (ASTUTE)
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Last Modified: 29 Nov 2023 12:49
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2020 08:00
Full Text Link: 10.1016/j.fsisyn.2020.06.005
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Published Date: 2020-06-30
Accepted Date: 2020-06-29
Authors: Morrison, Geoffrey Stewart
Neumann, Cedric
Geoghegan, Patrick Henry

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