In May 2019, we had the opportunity of attending the Southern Association of Forensic Scientists (SAFS) annual meeting in Asheville, NC. During the meeting, the FBI presented a preliminary look at an internal evaluation being conducted by their Laboratory Division. They chose to share their data to date with the forensic science community. In general, we noted that the M-Vac® performed better than the swab on porous materials and similar to the swab on smooth substrates. We are looking forward to when they complete their evaluation and the data is available to the community. We appreciate all of the hard work that is being done by them and other forensic professionals throughout the world as they evaluate, work with and use the M-Vac® system.
Acknowledgements: This research is being conducted by the Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit, Laboratory Division, Federal Bureau of Investigations. This research does not constitute endorsement by the FBI. The conclusions are those of the researchers and should not be construed as necessarily representing the official policies, either express or implied, of the U.S. Government.