The 2004 14th Interpol Forensic Science Symposium Review paper1 on fiber (fibre) covers advances in scientific methods applied to the forensic examination of fibres reported since the 13th Interpol Forensic Science Symposium in October 2001. A literature review was conducted covering articles published in the principal forensic science journals, supplemented by an extensive search of Internet sources, for articles related to forensic fibre examination.2

The authors took note that the scientific working groups (SWGs) in Europe and North America had been active in attempting to coordinate training, research efforts, and the development of protocols for forensic fibre examination, including laboratory analysis and determination of the evidential value of any such analyses.3 The European Fibres Group (EFG) also published