SWGDAM Releases Recommendations for DNA Processing of Sexual Assault Evidence Kits

The Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM) recently posted its "Recommendations for the Efficient DNA Processing of Sexual Assault Evidence Kits" (December 5, 2016).

The document was developed by the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting (SAFER) Working Group (as part of a larger NIJ working group) to provide detail on the laboratory-specific topics related to the efficient processing of sexual assault evidence kits (SAKs).

"A high volume of sexual assault evidence kits can be expected as a result of Federal and State legislative efforts to inventory sexual assault evidence kits and ensure the timely processing of these and future collections of such kits," the document explains. "High throughput processes with increased efficiency and decreased turn around time will be needed to meet this demand and serve the public interest. Laboratories should investigate high throughput methods and implement those that best fit their caseloads and resources."

The recommendations cover sample collection, laboratory processing of SAKs (including high throughput processing), laboratory information management systems (LIMS), workflow examples, organization and staffing, CODIS, and more.

You can

download a copy of the recommendations here.
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