FOLLOW US:

  • w-facebook
  • Twitter Clean

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.

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.

Upcoming Meetings

SWGDAM Regular Meeting January 7-9, 2020
Agenda

 

SWGDAM Regular Meeting

July 7 - 9, 2020

Past Meetings

SWGDAM Regular Meeting

July 9-11, 2019

SWGDAM July 2019 Semi-Annual Report

SWGDAM Regular Meeting
January 8-10, 2019

Cancelled due to the Federal Government Shutdown

SWGDAM Regular Meeting

July 10-12, 2018

SWGDAM July 2018 Semi-Annual Report

 

SWGDAM Regular Meeting

January 9-11, 2018
SWGDAM January 2018 Semi-Annual Report

Updates

New FBI DNA Databasing QAS Will be Effective July 1, 2020!! The FBI Director has approved SWGDAM’s proposed changes to the September 1, 2011 FBI’s Quality Assurance Standards for DNA Databasing Laboratories and these new DNA Databasing standards will take effect July 1, 2020.  Please use the following links for the pre-effective July 1, 2020 Databasing QAS Document, Databasing QAS Audit Document, and QAS Guidance Document as well as a Databasing QAS Comparison Table that summarizes the differences between the current DNA Databasing QAS (September 1, 2011) and the new July 1, 2020 standards.  PLEASE NOTE:  These July 1, 2020 Databasing DNA QAS documents are being made available for preparatory purposes only. Please visit the Publications Page of this site for current in-effect September 1, 2011 DNA Databasing QAS materials.

New FBI Forensic DNA QAS Will be Effective July 1, 2020!! The FBI Director has approved SWGDAM’s proposed changes to the September 1, 2011 FBI’s Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories and these new Forensic DNA standards will take effect July 1, 2020.  Please use the following links for the pre-effective July 1,2020 Forensic QAS Document, Forensic QAS Audit Document, and QAS Guidance Document as well as a Forensic QAS Comparison Table that summarizes the differences between the current Forensic DNA QAS (September 1, 2011) and the new July 1, 2020 standards. PLEASE NOTE:  These July 1, 2020 Forensic DNA QAS documents are being made available for preparatory purposes only. Please visit the Publications Page of this site for current in-effect September 1, 2011 Forensic DNA QAS materials.

Next Generation Sequencing!! SWGDAM has published 1) a new Addendum to the “SWGDAM Interpretation Guidelines for Autosomal STR Typing by Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories" to Address Next Generation Sequencing, please click here for more information, as well as 2) revisions to the SWGDAM Mitochondrial Interpretation Guidelines for Mitochondrial DNA Analysis by Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories to provide guidelines for the interpretation of mitochondrial DNA typing results developed by both Sanger and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technologies, please click here for more information.

 

Forensic Genealogy!! SWGDAM has convened a Committee of Correspondence to advise it on Forensic Genealogy that also includes representatives from ENFSI, ISFG, the OSAC: Biology/DNA-SAC, and other subject matter experts.

Joint DEI WG!!  SWGDAM has partnered with NIJ’s Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences to form a DNA Efficiency Improvement Working Group to develop best practices for improving DNA laboratory efficiency.

Expert System WG!! SWGDAM has formed a Forensic DNA Casework Expert System Working Group to evaluate the feasibility of using allele calling software tools as expert systems for interpreting forensic casework samples.