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SWGDAM Mission Statement

 

The Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods, known as SWGDAM, serves as a forum to discuss, share, and evaluate forensic biology methods, protocols, training, and research to enhance forensic biology services as well as provide recommendations to the FBI Director on quality assurance standards for forensic DNA analysis.

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About SWGDAM

 

SWGDAM is currently comprised of dedicated forensic scientists, from international, federal, state and local forensic DNA laboratories as well as guests representing academia and other Federal agencies. These forensic scientists serve as the DNA technical leaders or Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) Administrators for their laboratories, and are able to offer the perspectives of practitioners in the areas of nuclear and mitochondrial DNA technologies. SWGDAM is also fortunate to have invited guests attend each meeting representing academia, other Federal laboratories and international agencies to provide their specific expertise in areas such as mitochondrial DNA, population genetics, statistics, and YSTRs.

The responsibilities of SWGDAM are: (1) to recommend revisions, as necessary, to the Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories and the Quality Assurance Standards for DNA Databasing Laboratories; (2) to serve as a forum to discuss, share, and evaluate forensic biology methods, protocols, training, and research to enhance forensic biology services; and (3) to recommend and conduct research to develop and/or validate forensic biology methods. We hold semi-annual meetings in January and July and our Committees meet more frequently as issues arise.

Updates

2020 QAS Proposed Changes Available for Public Comment!!! The proposed changes to the Databasing QAS and Forensic QAS are now available for public comment on the Public Comment Page.  These proposed changes would: (1) revise targeted elements of Standard 5: Personnel, Standard 8: Validation, and Standard 15 Audits; (2) include additions to the Forensic QAS to allow for the future use of expert systems; and (3) add new Forensic QAS Standards 18 and 19 and Databasing QAS Standard 18 to consolidate current Rapid DNA requirements and to allow for the future use of Rapid DNA on forensic (casework) samples and in locations outside of the DNA Laboratory.  The deadline for submitting comments is Friday, July 5, 2024.

Guidelines for Missing Persons Casework Available for Public Comment!!! The proposed changes to the 2014 Guidelines for Missing Persons Casework now available for public comment on the Public Comment Page.  The deadline for submitting comments is Friday, July 12, 2024.

Upcoming Meetings

SWGDAM Regular Meeting

July 9- 11, 2024

Agenda


SWGDAM Regular Meeting

Jan 14 - 16, 2025

Past Meetings

 

SWGDAM Regular Meeting

Jan 9 - 11, 2024

Agenda

SWGDAM Regular Meeting

July 18 - 20, 2023

SWGDAM July 2023 Semi-Annual Report

SWGDAM Regular Meeting (Virtual)

January 9 - 12, 2023

SWGDAM January 2023 Semi-Annual Report

SWGDAM Regular Meeting (Virtual)
January 11-13, 2022

SWGDAM January 2022 Semi-Annual Report

SWGDAM Regular Meeting (Virtual)

July 18-21, 2022

SWGDAM July 2022 Semi-Annual Report

SWGDAM Regular Meeting
July 13-15, 2021
SWGDAM July 2021 Semi-Annual Report
SWGDAM Regular Meeting
January 12-14, 2021
SWGDAM January 2021 Semi-Annual Report

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