News and Updates

Edward M. Suzuki, Ph.D. - Infrared spectral collection of Automotive Paint Pigments is now available. Click here** to access. (** Spectral software compatible with .spa file types is required)

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ)  recently posted a summary of all Forensic Science Research and Development Awards from 2008-2013.  The awards are divided by discipline into: Forensic Anthropology; Controlled Substances; Crime Scene Investigation; Fire and Arson; Latent Prints and Other Friction Ridge ; Impression Evidence; Forensic Pathology; Questioned Documents; Forensic Toxicology; and Trace Evidence.  A separate link for DNA Research and Development projects can be viewed at the bottom of the page.  All final technical reports associated with each award, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the project title.  Please monitor the website for new technical reports that will be released as soon as possible.  The site can be accessed via the following link:

About Us SWGs serve as a common voice for their scientific disciplines. Meetings held at least once a year allow SWG members to come together to discuss issues of concern and reach consensus on documents drafted through out the year. In that  regard, the SWGs create, prepare, and publish standards and guidelines for their constituents in the forensic community. These documents provide crime laboratories a solid basis for operational requirements. Enforcement of the guidelines is left to the appropriate governing agency and each group's internal policies. The documents are published in peer-reviewed scientific journals in the group's discipline. the FBI laboratory's online journal is currently publishing standards and guidelines in the Journal of the American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners (can be found at

SWGMAT is to provide the Guidelines/Best Practices that have application to Fibers, Glass, Paint, Hair, and Tape.   

Process to create:

  • Annual meetings of representatives from State/local/private entities from across the Nation as well as Canada, England, and Germany.
  • Discussions/presentations lead to documents and guidelines.
  • Information shared through the regional associations


The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA)
ASCLD/LAB Accredited Laboratory
FQS-I ISO/IEC 17025 Accredited Laboratory
Events and Meetings

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Government Agencies/Other SWGs/Collaborators
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