Friction Ridge Subcommittee focuses on standards and guidelines related to the forensic examination of friction ridge detail from the hands and feet.
Officers | Members | Standards | Other Work Products
Henry Swofford, Subcommittee Chair, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Heidi Eldridge, Subcommittee Vice Chair, George Washington University
Andrew Pacejka, Subcommittee Executive Secretary, Utah Bureau of Forensic Services
Claudine Carter Pereira, Broward Sheriff's Office ( Quality Task Group representative)
Simon Cole, Ph.D., University of California
Jack Flanders, Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory
Edward German, Macon County Sheriff's Office
Kalisha Gill, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL)
Nova Grilli, Charleston Police Department
Richard Gutierrez, Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender ( Legal Task Group representative)
Mandi Hornickel, Illinois State Police
Sharon Kelley, University of Virginia ( Human Factors Task Group representative)
Louis Kriel, Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Amanda Luby, Swarthmore College ( Statistics Task Group representative)
Eric Ray, IDEMIA
Norberto Rivera, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Elizabeth Small, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Jim Snaidauf, IRS - Criminal Investigations National Forensic Laboratory
AshLee Taylor, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Christie VanAndel, Nebraska State Patrol
OSAC 2021-N-0020, (added April 5, 2022 and sent to ASB for further development and publication). Best Practice Recommendations for Limited Examinations
OSAC 2022-S-0012, (added June 7, 2022 and sent to ASB for further development and publication). Standard for Proficiency Testing in Friction Ridge Examinations
OSAC 2022-N-0033, (added September 6, 2022 and sent to ASB for further development and publication). Standard for Processing Evidence for the Detection of Friction Ridge Impressions
Published by a Standards Developing Organization (SDO) & Eligible for the OSAC Registry
At an SDO for Further Development & Publication
All documents listed below are completed work products of the OSAC Friction Ridge Subcommittee and have passed a rigorous technical and quality review by the subcommittee. The subcommittee encourages the forensic science community to implement these proposed standards.
Best Practice Recommendations for Limited Examinations (OSAC Proposed Standard on the Registry). OSAC 2022-S-0012,
Standard for Proficiency Testing in Friction Ridge Examinations (OSAC Proposed Standard on the Registry). OSAC 2022-N-0033,
Standard for Processing Evidence for the Detection of Friction Ridge Impressions (OSAC Proposed Standard on the Registry).
Best Practice Recommendation for the Resolution of Conflicts in Friction Ridge Examination (as of January 17, 2023, the Friction Ridge Subcommittee is evaluating the published version of this document, ANSI/ASB 142, for placement on the OSAC Registry).
Best Practice Recommendations for the Verification Component in Friction Ridge Examination (as of January 17, 2023, the Friction Ridge Subcommittee is evaluating the published version of this document, ANSI/ASB 144, for placement on the OSAC Registry).
Best Practice Recommendation for Articulating a Source Identification in Friction Ridge Examination.
Standard for Friction Ridge Examination Conclusions.
Standard for Friction Ridge Examination Training Program.
Standard for Examining Friction Ridge Impressions.
Best Practice Recommendations for Technical Review in Friction Ridge Identification.
Standard for Consultation During Friction Ridge Examination.
Best Practice Recommendation for Analysis of Friction Ridge Impressions.
Best Practice Recommendation for Comparison and Evaluation of Friction Ridge Impressions.
Standard for Reporting Results from Friction Ridge Examinations.
Best Practice Recommendation for Testimony Monitoring. Under Development
Standard for Feature Selection in Friction Ridge Examination. Detection of Friction Ridge Impressions.
Automated Biometric Identification Systems (ABIS) Best Practices.
Case Acceptance Criteria.
Recruiting/Selection Requirements (for pattern recognition disciplines).
Research & Development Needs
Standards Development Maps
Webinars, Presentations & Training Videos
Friction Ridge Subcommittee Updates, International Association for Identification (IAI) Conference, August 2021.
Friction Ridge Subcommittee, SAC Physics/Pattern Updates, IAI Conference, August 2019.
OSAC Friction Ridge Subcommittee at OFIA-TPS Conference, May 30, 2019.
Friction Ridge Subcommittee, SAC Physics/Pattern Update, Habeas Assistance and Training Counsel Project, Eighth National Seminar on Forensic Evidence and the Criminal Law “Fingerprint Evidence", April 27, 2019.
OSAC Friction Ridge Subcommittee, IAI Conference, August 2018 . 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.