The 1973 IAI Standardization Committee report stated that, " No valid basis exists at this time for requiring . . . . . " is by no means a resounding adoption of the validity of their statement. Only 76 agencies throughout the world responded. The wording of the reasoning behind the resolution cited the exact standards that LOCARD found in 1914 where identifications could be made with less than 12 Galton points.
The concluding report of the IAI Standardization Committee in
1974 includes wording that infers dissention in the Latent Print
community to the prior resolution. The concluding report is not
scientifically based but rather establishes that at least there
is a standardized position established that can be used by
practitioners giving testimony:
Twenty-two years later in 1995 at the Ne'urim International Symposium, the wording of the 1973 IAI resolution was amended. The amended resolution is now being cited by some "Ridgeologists" as validation and justification to their philosophy for the abandonment and vehement refusal to even intimate any number of characteristics being used in the identification process. The Ne'urim resolution as cited in the summary was unanimously approved by all present (how many, 2, 4, 8?), and later signed by 28 persons out of the 116 total attendees.
This vote sounds less than a mandate by this symposium, especially with the official disclaimer: "The views expressed were the opinions of the persons present and not intended to represent the individual agencies or governments."
The Ne'urim declaration is no more than an attempt to justify
the personal agenda of those vocal minorities that practice an
unproven and possible unreliable identification process. Due to
the variance of application and ability of each analyst, there
is no standardization.