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Scientific Working Groups

Scientific Working Groups (SWGs) consist of scientific subject-matter experts who collaborate to determine best practices and to develop consensus standards. While each SWG has a unique charge and mission, the overarching goal is to improve the processes within a particular area of forensic science.

Acronym Full Name Year Started
FISWG Facial Identification Scientific Working Group
2009
SWGFEX Scientific Working Group for Fire and Explosive Scenes
1998
(TWGFEX 1999)
SWGGUN Scientific Working Group for Firearms and Toolmarks
1998
SWGANTH Scientific Working Group for Forensic Anthropology
2008
SWGDOC Scientific Working Group for Forensic Document Examination
1999
(TWGDOC 1997)
SWGGEO Scientific Working Group for Geological Materials 2011
SWGIT Scientific Working Group for Imaging Technology
1999
(TWGIT 1997)
SWGTREAD Scientific Working Group for Shoeprint and Tire Tread Evidence
2004
SWGDRUG Scientific Working Group for the Analysis of Seized Drugs
1999
(TWGDRUG 1997)
SWGWILD Scientific Working Group for Wildlife Forensics
2011
SWGSTAIN Scientific Working Group on Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
2002
SWGDE Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence
1998
SWGDVI Scientific Working Group on Disaster Victim Identification
2010
SWGDAM Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods
1999
(TWGDAM 1988)
SWGDOG Scientific Working Group on Dogs and Orthogonal Detection Guidelines
2004
SWGTOX Scientific Working Group on Forensic Toxicology
2009
SWGFAST Scientific Working Group on Friction Ridge Analysis, Study and Technology
1998
(TWGFAST 1995)
SWGGSR Scientific Working Group on Gun Shot Residue
2007
SWGMAT Scientific Working Group on Materials Analysis
1996
(TWGFIBE 1992)
SWGMDI Scientific Working Group on Medicolegal Death Investigation
2011