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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 | Discipline-Specific Baseline Documents | Research & Development Needs | Presentations



Lora Sims, Subcommittee Chair, Ideal Innovations, Inc.

Angela Yankowski, Subcommittee Vice Chair, Michigan State Police

Jane Wankmiller, Subcommittee Executive Secretary, Michigan State Police 


Thomas Albright, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies (Human Factors Representative)

Mark Dolfi, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Kaitlyn French, NCTC

Leslie Kelly, Department of Defense

Steven B. Lee, Florida International University

Ping Ma, University of Georgia

Allison Miller, Biometric Identity Management Activity

Paul Moody, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

Emily Mullins, U.S. Government

Lori Nix, Georgia Bureau of Investigation (Quality Representative)

Denell Payne, Riverside County Sheriff - CAL-ID

Todd Putorti, New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, Division of Field Investigation

Kirt Simmons, D.D.S./Ph.D., Arkansas Children's Hospital

Antonio Trindade, DevTechnology Group, Inc.

Lori Varnell, Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office


Tier 1: On the OSAC Registry

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ASTM E3115-17 Standard Guide for Capturing Facial Images for Use with Facial Recognition Systems (effective October 1, 2019).

ASTM E3148-18 Standard Guide for Postmortem Facial Image Capture (effective October 1, 2019).

ASTM E3149-18 Standard Guide for Facial Image Comparison Feature List for Morphological Analysis (effective February 14, 2019).

NOTE: to access the astm standards, visit the access to standards webpage.

Tier 2: Published by an SDO

  • ASTM E3115-17 Standard Guide for Capturing Facial Images for Use with Facial Recognition Systems.
  • ASTM E3148-18 Standard Guide for Postmortem Facial Image Capture.
  • ASTM E3149-18 Facial Image Comparison Feature List for Morphological Analysis.

Tier 3: Sent to an SDO

  • ASTM WK69795 Guide for Role Based Training in Facial Comparison.

Tier 4: Under Development

  • Guidelines for Image Processing to Improve Automated Facial Recognition Search Performance.
  • Effects of a Scanned Image for Facial Image Comparison.
  • Extracting Facial Images from the "In the Wild" Imagery.
  • Facial Stability of Facial Features of Adults (annex to the Facial Image Comparison Feature List for Morphological Analysis).
  • Facial Stability of Facial Features of Juveniles (annex to the Facial Image Comparison Feature List for Morphological Analysis).
  • Guide for Forensic Face Reporting and Note Taking.
  • Guide for Investigative Lead Report and Note Taking.
  • Facial Examination Conclusion Scale.
  • 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.

Discipline-Specific Baseline Documents

The Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) has provided the opportunity for OSAC Subcommittees to identify baseline documents and reference materials that best reflect the current state of the practice within their respective disciplines. 

These documents contain practical information regarding these disciplines that can help forensic scientists, judges, lawyers, researchers, other interested parties and the general public, to better understand the nature, scope, and foundations of the individual disciplines as they are currently practiced.

It is important to note that the identification of these documents in this venue does not represent an endorsement by OSAC or NIST.  Only documents that are posted on the OSAC Registry constitute OSAC endorsement. All copyrights for these documents are reserved by their owners. Subcommittee position statements or responses to data collections by the subcommittee represent the consensus opinion of the subcommittee, not necessarily the position of the entire OSAC organization or NIST.







Research & Development Needs


In general, the development of standards and guidelines is transitioning from the Scientific Working Groups (SWGs) to the OSAC. Some SWGs will continue to operate to provide other resources within their discipline. The existing SWG documents will remain in effect until updated documents are disseminated by the OSAC or the SWG. SWGDAM will retain the responsibility for updating the FBI DNA Quality Assurance Standards.

– Forensic Science Standards Board: March 2015

Created October 16, 2014, Updated October 1, 2020