CODIS and NDIS Update

Tuesday September 24th, 2019 // 10:30 am - 10:55 am // Oasis 1-2

The Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS, has matured into a program supporting DNA databases in law enforcement laboratories across the United States.  Internationally, there are also 105 CODIS sites in 58 countries.  As DNA database programs evolve, the CODIS software has and will continue to accommodate the changing needs of the DNA community.


A major component of the CODIS program is operation of the National DNA Index System, or NDIS.  NDIS is also referred to as the National DNA Database.  This national index is made up of over 200 DNA laboratories from all 50 States as well as the United States Department of Justice, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the United States Army Crime Laboratory.  Currently there are over 17.5 million offender DNA profiles and over 950,000 crime scene DNA profiles stored in NDIS.  The use of the CODIS software has resulted in over 450,000 investigations aided.


An update will be provided on the status of the National DNA Index System and future updates and capabilities to the CODIS software.



Douglas Hares

National DNA Index System Program Manager, Federal Bureau of Investigation’s CODIS Unit

Dr. Hares is the National DNA Index System Program Manager in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s CODIS Unit. Dr. Hares is an invited guest and participant at the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM) and the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) meetings. He also serves as a member and advisor to Interpol’s DNA Monitoring Expert Group.

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