A Forensic Fiber Examiner Training Program

  • Consistent with a laboratory experiment book. This document offers exercises at each stage of the learning process to include time allotted for the exercise, materials to have on hand and objectives.

Forensic Fiber Examination Guidelines

  • Details all aspects of the examination process
  • Consists of optional requirements
  • Primary audience is analysis and forensic science management
  • Process to create

    Needed a non-stop document that addressed the various steps in the examination process.

    Drafts offered for community comment.

    Comments reviewed by the fiber subgroup and incorporated or denied. All changed presented to the full SWG for their review.

    Final Draft voted on - if approved, submitted to ASTM for incorporation.
  • Enforcement - Voluntary


Fiber Evidence: Courtroom Education and Admissibility Response power point presentation
The forensic Fiber Examination Guidelines: (Published in Forensic Science Communications, April 1999)
  1. Introduction to Fibers Chapter (2011 Update)
  2. UV-VIS Spectroscopy of Textile Fibers Chapter (2011 Update)
  3. Microscopy Chapter (2011 Update)
  4. Fabrics and cordage Chapter (2014 Update)
  5. IR and ATR Chapter (2014 Update)
A Forensic Fiber Examiner Training Program (Published in Forensic Science Communications, April 2005)
A Forensic Fiber Examination Guidelines (Published in Forensic Science Communications, April 1999)

ASTM Standards

E2228 - 10 Standard Guide for Microscopic Examination of Textile Fibers
E2225 - 10 Standard Guide for Forensic Examination of Fabrics and Cordage
E2224 - 10 Standard Guide for Forensic Analysis of Fibers by Infrared Spectroscopy
E2227 - 13 Standard Guide for Forensic Examination of Non-Reactive Dyes in Textile Fibers by Thin-Layer Chromatography

SWGMAT Fiber Subgroup Participants

Jennifer Remy - Fiber subgroup chair
North Carolina State Crime Laboratory

Claude Roux
School of Chemistry & Forensic Science

William M. Schneck
Washington State Patrol Crime Lab

Glenn D. Schubert
Illinois State Police

Scott F. Stoeffler
McCrone Associates, Inc.

Sandy Parent
Texas Department of Public Safety
Crime Laboratory - Austin

Doug Orr
National Centre for Forensic Services - Alberta

Kornelia Nehse
Der Polizeiprasident in Berlin
Textilkunde und mikromarphologie

Kevin McMahon
New Hampshire Department of Public Safety
State Police Forensic Laboratory

Cheryl Lozen
Michigan State Police

Corresponding Members

Eileen A. Davis

Mark Kurowski
Acadiana Criminalistics Lab

Samuel J. (Skip) Palenik