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Facial Identification Subcommittee

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The Facial Identification Subcommittee focuses on standards and guidelines related to the image-based comparisons of human facial features. 

Officers | Members | Standards | Other Work Products



Jane Harris, Subcommittee Chair, Northern Michigan University

Krystal Howard, Subcommittee Vice Chair, Michigan State Police

Thirimachos Bourlai, Subcommittee Executive Secretary, University of Georgia


Jason Cuddyer, Atlas Consulting, LLC

Matthew Graves, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL) 

Daniel Heltemes, Arizona Department of Public Safety

Steven Johnson, Ideal Innovations, Inc. Advisory Board

Leslie Kelly, U.S. Government

Mark Lancaster, Northern Kentucky University (Statistics Task Group representative)

Kelcy McArthur, Michigan State Police

Allison Miller, Defense Forensic Science Center

Paul Moody, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

Emily Mullins, U.S. Government

Lori Nix, Georgia Bureau of Investigation (Quality Task Group representative)

Denell Payne, Riverside County Sheriff's Department

Jonathan Phillips, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Emily Prokesch, The Office of the Georgia Capital Defender (Legal Task Group representative)

Krista Rembold, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Bethany Retton, Federal Bureau of Investigation


Published by a Standards Developing Organization (SDO)

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    ASTM E2916-19e1 Standard Terminology for Digital and Multimedia Evidence Examination. 
    • published standard on the osac registry (drafted in collaboration with osac's digital evidence and vital subcommittees. added to the registry on July 7, 2020).
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    ASTM E3115-17 Standard Guide for Capturing Facial Images for Use with Facial Recognition Systems.
    • published standard on the osac registry (added october 1, 2019).
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    ASTM E3148-18 Standard Guide for Postmortem Facial Image Capture.
    • published standard on the osac registry (added october 1, 2019).
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    ASTM E3149-18 Standard Guide for Facial Image Comparison Feature List for Morphological Analysis.
    • published standard on the osac registry (added february 14, 2019).
visit the OSAC Registry webpage to access the ASTM standards listed above.

Sent to an SDO

Under Development

  • OSAC 2021-N-0025, Standard Guide for Printing Method Effects on Facial Comparisons.
  • OSAC 2022-S-0001, Standard Guide for Image Based Comparison Conclusions/Opinions (this is being drafted in collaboration with OSAC's Video/Imaging Technology & Analysis Subcommittee). 
  • OSAC 2022-S-0008, Standard Guide for Minimum Facial Image Comparison Documentation.
  • Physical Stability of Facial Features of Juveniles (Note: This is an annex to the Facial Image Comparison Feature List for Morphological Analysis, not a stand-alone document).
  • Image Factors to Consider in Facial Comparison.
  • Standard Guide for Capturing Iris Images for Use with Iris Recognition Systems. 
  • Standard Guide for Minimum Training Recommendations of Iris Image Examiners. 
  • Introduction to Application Profiles for Facial Searching.
  • Guide for Facial Comparison Awareness Training of Assessors.
  • Guide for Facial Comparison Training of Reviewers to Competency.
  • Guide for Facial Comparison Training of Examiners to Competency.
  • Guide for Mentorship of Facial Comparison Trainees in Role Based Facial Comparison.
  • Guide for Proficiency Testing in Role Based Facial Comparison.
  • Minimum Training Criteria for Usage of Facial Recognition Systems. 
  • Managing Head Coverings, Accessories, and Make-up (HCAM) for Booking Photographs (Note: This will be an annex to ASTM E3117). 

Other Work Products

Research & Development Needs

Webinars, Presentations & Training Videos

Discipline-Specific Bibliographies and Bibliographic References

These documents may contain information to help forensic scientists, judges, lawyers, researchers, and other readers better understand the nature, scope, and foundations of the individual disciplines as currently practiced. The identification of these documents does not represent an endorsement by OSAC or NIST. Only standards that are posted on the OSAC Registry and Technical Guidance documents, are endorsed by OSAC. The referenced documents may be subject to copyright. Note: Subcommittee position statements or responses to data collections by the subcommittee do not necessarily represent the position of OSAC or NIST.







Created October 16, 2014, Updated February 3, 2023