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Reference Materials, Standards, and Guidelines

Reference Materials and Standards

NIST offers tools that help forensic crime laboratories validate their analytical methods and ensure accuracy in their test results. Some of the most popular Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) are listed on this page.

Reference Data

Databases of standard reference data for use in fingerprint matching, arson investigation, cybercrime investigation, genetic mapping, and more.

Manuals and Guidelines

A list of published manuals and guidelines for forensic science practitioners. This page also includes data interchange formats and transmission specifications.


Created August 1, 2016, Updated April 12, 2023