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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

Angela Yankowski, Subcommittee Vice Chair, Michigan State Police

Vacant, Subcommittee Executive Secretary


Thomas Albright, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies (Human Factors Task Group member)

Thirimachos Bourlai, University of Georgia

Jason Cuddyer, Atlas Consulting, LLC

Kaitlyn French, NCTC

Matthew Graves, Defense Forensic Science Center (including USACIL)

Krystal Howard, Michigan State Police

Steven Johnson, Ideal Innovations, Inc.

Leslie Kelly, Department of Defense

Mark Lancaster, Battelle (Statistics Task Group member)

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 member)

Denell Payne, Riverside County Sheriff's Department

Jonathan Phillips, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Emily Prokesch, The Bronx Defenders (Legal Task Group member)

Todd Putorti, New York State - Department of Motor Vehicles

Krista Rembold, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Melissa Southern, Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification


Published by a Standards Developing Organization (SDO)

visit the access to standards webpage to access the ASTM standards listed above.

Sent to an SDO

  • OSAC Registry ribbon
    OSAC 2020-S-0002, Physical Stability of Facial Features of Adults.
    • osac proposed standard on the registry (added june 1, 2021 and sent to astm for further development and publication).
  • Guide for Role Based Training in Facial Comparison.
  • Guidelines for Image Processing to Improve Automated Facial Recognition Search Performance.
  • Standard Guide for Image Based Comparison Conclusions.

Under Development

  • Effects of a Scanned Image for Facial Image Comparison.
  • Extracting Facial Images from the "In the Wild" Imagery.
  • Facial Stability of Facial Features of Juveniles (this is an annex to the Facial Image Comparison Feature List for Morphological Analysis).
  • Minimum Guidelines for Facial Image Comparison Documentation.
  • Image Factors to Consider in Facial Comparison.
  • 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.
  • Methods of Mark-up and Annotation for Face Presentation to Courts.
  • Managing Head Coverings, Accessories, and Make-up (HCAM) for Booking Photographs.
  • Standard Guide for Facial Comparison Overview and Methodology Guidelines.

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 October 12, 2021