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.

Upcoming Meetings
SWGDAM Regular Meeting
January 12-14, 2021
 
SWGDAM Regular Meeting
July 13-15, 2021

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

SWGDAM Update!!! SWGDAM will be providing an update on the activities of its various committees and working groups as a part of the 2020 CODIS Meeting, please click here for more information.

 

New Report!!! SWGDAM has published its Report on Y-Screening of Sexual Assault Evidence Kits (SAEKs), please click here for more information.

Revised Training Guidelines!!! SWGDAM has revised its Training Guidelines, please click here for more information.

New Letter to the Editor!!! SWGDAM has collaborated with ENFSI and the Rapid DNA Crime Scene Technology Advancement Task Group on the use of Rapid DNA at crime scenes, please click here for more information.

Investigative Genetic Genealogy!! SWGDAM has issued an Overview of Investigative Genetic Genealogy, please click here for more information.

 

Revised Quality Assurance Standards Effective July 1, 2020!!!  The 2020 Quality Assurance Standards (QAS) take effect on July 1, 2020 and are available on the Publications Page under Quality Assurance Standards Documents. In addition to the Standards, the Audit Documents, and the QAS Guidance Document, the 2020 QAS Relief Notice in response to the National Emergency and the Audit Addendum for the QAS Relief are also available on the Publication Page.

Past Meetings


SWGDAM Virtual Regular Meeting
July 7 - 9, 2020
SWGDAM July 2020 Semi-Annual Report

 

SWGDAM Regular Meeting
January 7-9, 2020

SWGDAM January 2020 Semi-Annual Report

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

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