Scientific Working Groups

This organized collection of forensic science Scientific Working Groups (SWGs) has been placed online by MUFSC to help professionals and students stay current with the latest news, events, and research. Below you can find Scientific Working Group names and websites listed in alphabetical order of their abbreviated names.

What is a SWG?

Each Scientific Working Group includes scientists, both American and international, focused on a specific forensic science discipline. Although each SWG has a unique focus, each groups' main purpose is the same; improve the procedures within a specific discipline of forensic science. SWGs attain this goal by collaborating to create best practices guidelines and scientific standards. SWG membership is diverse; including scientists from Federal and regional government, private laboratories, academia, and consulting agencies, along with law enforcement and practitioners in the criminal justice system.

Forensic Science Scientific Working Groups (SWGs)

Abbreviation Organization and URL
FISWG Facial Identification
SWGCBRN Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear
SWGDAM DNA Analysis Methods
SWGDE Digital Evidence
SWGDOC Questioned Documents
SWGDOG Dog and Orthogonal Detector Guidelines
SWGDRUG Analysis of Seized Drugs
SWGDVI Disaster Victim Identification
SWGFAST Friction Ridge Analysis Study and Technology
SWGFEX Fire and Explosives
SWGANTH Forensic Anthropology
SWGGEO Geological Materials
SWGGSR Gunshot Residue
SWGGUN Firearms and Toolmarks
SWGIBRA Illicit Business Records Analysis
SWGIT Imaging Technology
SWGMAT Materials Analysis
SWGMDI Medicolegal Death Investigation
SWGSTAIN Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
SWGTOX Toxicology
SWGTREAD Shoeprint and Tire Tread Evidence
SWGWILD Wildlife Forensics