Scientific Working Groups

For more than 20 years, several federal agencies have supported the efforts of various scientific working groups, often referred to as SWGs, for the advancement of forensic standards and techniques. 

Scientific working groups consist of representatives from the fields of forensic, industrial, commercial and academic communities. Some cases may also include international participants. These multidisciplinary groups assist in developing standards and guidelines and improve communications throughout their respective disciplines.   

For more information, please visit the scientific working group websites listed in the following tables.  Note:  Several groups presently do not have websites.

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Scientific Working Groups Funded by NIJ
Name Administering Agency Funding Source
Scientific Working Group for Forensic Anthropology (SWGANTH) Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory, U.S. Department of Justice NIJ and the Central Identification Laboratory, Department of Defense
Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM) Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory, U.S. Department of Justice NIJ
Scientific Working Group for Forensic Document Examination (SWGDOC) Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory, U.S. Department of Justice NIJ
Scientific Working Group on Friction Ridge Analysis, Study and Technology (SWGFAST) Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory.U.S. Department of Justice NIJ
Scientific Working Group for Firearms and Toolmarks (SWGGUN) Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory, U.S. Department of Justice NIJ
Scientific Working Group on Materials Analysis (SWGMAT) Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory, U.S. Department of Justice NIJ
Scientific Working Group on Shoeprint and Tire Tread Evidence (SWGTREAD) Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory, U.S. Department of Justice NIJ
Scientific Working Group on Toxicology (SWGTOX) NIJ NIJ
Scientific Working Group on Gunshot Residue (SWG-GSR) NIJ NIJ
Scientific Working Group on Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (SWGSTAIN) NIJ NIJ
Scientific Working Group on Medicolegal Death Investigation (SWGMDI) NIJ and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory, U.S. Department of Justice NIJ
Scientific Working Group for Fire and Explosives Scenes (SWG-FEX) NIJ NIJ
Scientific Working Group on Disaster Victim Identification (SWGDVI) Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory, U.S. Department of Justice NIJ and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory, U.S. Department of Justice
Scientific Working Groups Not Funded by NIJ
Name Administering Agency Funding Source
Scientific Working Group on Dogs and Orthogonal Detection Guidelines (SWGDOG) Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory, U.S. Department of Justice Transportation Safety Administration, Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory, U.S. Department of Justice
Scientific Working Group for the Analysis of Seized Drugs (SWGDRUG) Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Department of Justice
Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE) Computer Analysis Response Teams, Operational Technology Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation , U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice
Scientific Working Group on Imaging Technology (SWGIT) Operational Technology Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice
Scientific Working Group for Wildlife Forensics (SWGWILD) United States Fish and Wildlife Services None
Facial Identification Scientific Working Group (FISWG) Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Justice, U.S. Department of Justice
Information Services Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice
Date Modified: July 25, 2012