CERTIFICATION POLICY

The SWGWILD Certification Policy document was approved by the Board of Directors of SWFS in December. The Board would like to solicit input from the SWFS membership, as well as from interested parties who may not be SWFS members, regarding the format and content of the proposed certification program. Your input in developing this program is greatly valued.

CERTIFICATION GENERAL SCHEME

This document is intended to walk you step-by-step on what you need to do to be certified. This document was approved by the Board of Directors of SWFS in December. The Board would like to solicit input from the SWFS membership, as well as from interested parties who may not be SWFS members, regarding the format and content of this certification schema. Your input in developing this schema is greatly valued.

Please Submit Comments Below.
 

2 Responses to Give Input on the Certification Program!

  1. Lucy Webster says:

    This certification program looks set to be the gold standard for wildlife DNA forensic analysis. My one concern is that the use of positive controls has been included as a standard rather than a guideline. I always use positive controls for DNA profiling and agree that this is a necessary standard. However, for some areas of species identification using DNA sequencing I think that positive controls can lead to issues at the reporting stage (i.e. where evidential sample and positive control sequence match) even where extraction and PCR negative controls are clean. While I would always advocate using a positive control in a repeat test if the first test showed no amplification, it may not be necessary as a standard for initial testing in some circumstances provided the test had been through an internal validation as outlined in the SWGWILD certification program.
    Otherwise I think it is great!

  2. SWFS Admin says:

    Thank you for your comments on the SWGWILD Certification Policy.

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