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Disaster Victim Identification Subcommittee

Members of the OSAC Disaster Victim Identification Subcommittee
Members of the Disaster Victim Identification Subcommittee at the July 2019 OSAC Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Officers | Members | Standards | Discipline-Specific Baseline Documents | Research & Development Needs | Presentations

The Disaster Victim Identification Subcommittee focuses on standards and guidelines related to fatality management of a mass fatality incident that involves the scientific identification of human remains.


Elissia Conlon, Subcommittee Chair, City of New York Office of Chief Medical Examiner

Vacant, Subcommittee Vice Chair

Allison Reese, Subcommittee Executive Secretary, Harris County (Texas) Institute of Forensic Sciences


Donald Bloom, U.S. National Disaster Medical System

Enid Camps, State of California, Department of Justice (Legal Resource Representative)

Joyce deJong, D.O., Western Michigan University School of Medicine

Dennis Dirkmaat, Ph.D., Anthropology Department, Mercyhurst University

Bryan T. Johnson, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Elias Kontanis, Ph.D., U.S. National Transportation Safety Board

Raymond Miller, D.D.S., State University of New York, Buffalo

Eric Pokorak, Federal Bureau of Investigation (Quality Infrastructure Representative)

Naeem Ullah, Office of Chief Medical Examiner, NYC

Mark Wadhams, Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory - American Registry of Pathology

Victor Weedn, M.D., George Washington University

Shawn Wilson, Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office


OSAC Registry Ribbon

Tier 1: On the OSAC Registry

Tier 2: Published by a SDO

Tier 3: Sent to a SDO

Tier 4: Under Development

  • Mass Fatality Management: Best Practice Recommendations for the Medicolegal Authority.
  • Media Communications Following a Mass Fatality Incident: Best Practice Recommendations for Medicolegal Authority.
  • Ethical Considerations in Disaster Victim Identification: Best Practice Recommendations for the Medicolegal Authority.
  • Family Management Following a Mass Fatality Incident: Victim Information Center Best Practice Recommendations for Medicolegal Authorities.
  • Disaster Victim Identification Process: Best Practice Recommendations for the Medicolegal Authority.

Discipline-Specific Baseline Documents

  • None currently.

Research & Development Needs


  • None currently.

In general, the development of standards and guidelines is transitioning from the Scientific Working Groups (SWGs) to the OSAC. Some SWGs will continue to operate to provide other resources within their discipline. The existing SWG documents will remain in effect until updated documents are disseminated by the OSAC or the SWG. SWGDAM will retain the responsibility for updating the FBI DNA Quality Assurance Standards.

– Forensic Science Standards Board: March 2015

Created July 11, 2014, Updated October 2, 2020