Scientific Working Groups

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

(View previous SWGANTH documents on OSAC Anthropology Subcommittee website)

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

 

Created July 16, 2012, Updated November 13, 2018