PUBLIC COMMENTS PAGE

 

In accordance with the SWGDAM Bylaws (Section V.C.5), SWGDAM will make any new or revised guidance or standard document(s) available for public comment for a minimum of 30 days. Generally, SWGDAM attempts to review its guidance documents within 5 years of their issuance and is usually actively revising at least one of its guidance documents at any given time. SWGDAM strongly encourages the forensic DNA community or other interested group to comment on the SWGDAM documents currently in this stage of development. Upon receipt, these comments will be forwarded to the appropriate SWGDAM Committee for consideration and may be incorporated into the final document considered for approval by the SWGDAM Membership.  

Alternately, SWGDAM may publish a response to a specific suggestion or recommendation on its FAQ Page for general information purposes. SWGDAM will make all reasonable efforts to advise the forensic DNA community of those documents currently available for public comment. SWGDAM strongly encourages all interested parties to regularly monitor SWGDAM.org for the guidance document(s) or standard document(s) currently available for public comment. Please use the contact portal below for providing comments on the SWGDAM document(s) available for public comment.

SWGDAM Documents Available for Public Comment

 

The new SWGDAM Validation Guidelines for the Use of an Expert System for Forensic Samples are now available for public comment. This document gives guidance for laboratories to use already available expert systems to analyze single-source forensic samples. Please use the following link to access the new SWGDAM Validation Guidelines for the Use of an Expert System for Forensic Samples. This document will be available for Public Comment through at least October 8, 2021.​

The proposed changes to the 2014 SWGDAM Interpretation Guidelines for Y-Chromosome STR Typing by Forensic DNA Laboratories and its new proposed Supplemental Information for the SWGDAM Interpretation Guidelines for Y- Chromosome STR Typing by Forensic DNA Laboratories are now available for public comment. These documents contain revisions and supplements to the 2014 guidelines and are being proposed to reflect the current state of  forensic Y-STR typing, are intended to be applied prospectively should they be approved by SWGDAM, and, as with all SWGDAM guidance documents, contain proposed best practice guidelines and not proposed standards.  Please note that the new SWGDAM supplemental document provides additional information for the SWGDAM Interpretation Guidelines for Y-Chromosome STR Typing by Forensic DNA Laboratories in the form of frequently asked questions (FAQs). Where applicable, FAQ responses include cross-references to the specific guideline in the parent document and references to published documents and may also include examples.

 

Please use the following links to access the proposed revisions to the SWGDAM Interpretation Guidelines for Y-Chromosome STR Typing by Forensic DNA Laboratories and new Supplemental Information for the SWGDAM Interpretation Guidelines for Y- Chromosome STR Typing by Forensic DNA Laboratories. These documents will be available for Public Comment through at least September 9, 2021.