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Recent Updates

14 Aug 2020 -
On the Documents page, posted three newly approved documents and two new draft documents. On the home page, posted a link to facial identification success stories.  

16 Mar 2020 -
Extended the comments open date to 15 April 2020 for new draft documents on the Documents page.

7 Jan 2020 -
Posted eight newly approved documents and eight new draft documents on the Documents page.

31 May 2019 - Posted five newly approved guideline documents and five new draft documents on the Documents page.  Added FAQs page.

30 May 2019 - Updated FISWG chair email link throughout the website (chair at

12 Feb 2019 - Posted Approved Postmortem Facial Image Capture on the Documents page.

28 Jan 2019 - Posted Approved Facial Image Comparison Feature List for Morphological Analysis on the Documents page.

Older Updates

Although facial identification (FI) has been used in government and law enforcement applications for decades, the widespread use of facial images for scientific analysis and automated facial recognition (FR) systems is more recent.

Consequently, there is a need to gather and disseminate accurate information regarding the proper application of FI and FR methodologies and technologies.* 

Please visit this website often if you are interested in endeavors to fulfill community needs for this discipline. 

If you are actively engaged in FI and/or FR work, please consider participating in FISWG activities.  FISWG meeting participants work hard establishing standards and guidelines during weeklong meetings twice annually, and are exposed to world-class presentations and information unavailable anywhere else.    

* Extracted from the FISWG Overview document.




    FISWG Group Photo October 2020

October 2019 FISWG meeting participants



FISWG Letter to the IAI Regarding Certifications & Facial Comparisons - 2010.12.30



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