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
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