The Medicolegal Death Investigation Subcommittee focuses on standards and guidelines related to sudden, unnatural, unexplained or suspicious deaths, including homicides, suicides, unintentional fatal injuries, drug-related deaths and other deaths that are sudden or unexpected; determination of the cause and manner of death.
Keith Pinckard, M.D./Ph.D., Subcommittee Chair, Travis County (Texas) Medical Examiner's Office
Laura Crandall, M.A., Subcommittee Vice Chair, New York University Langone Health
Kelly Keyes, Executive Secretary, Orange County (California) Sheriff's Coroner Office
Andrew Baker, M.D., Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office
Paula Braun, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
David Carter, Ph.D., Chaminade University of Honolulu
Tom Hensley, Jackson County (Missouri) Medical Examiner's Office
Julie Howe, Franklin, Jefferson, and St. Charles Counties (Missouri) Medical Examiner Offices
DeAnna Lowe, Cook County Office of the Medical Examiner
Lauri McGivern, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner - Vermont
Jayne Morrow, Ph.D., Montana State University
Marcus Nashelsky, M.D., University of Iowa
Bill Oliver, M.D., Regional Forensic Center (Knoxville, TN)
Lindsey C. Thomas, M.D., Hennepin County, Minnesota (Retired)
Margaret Warner, Ph.D., U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics
- None currently.
- Standard for capturing common data elements in medicolegal death investigation (working title only).
- Medicolegal death terminology document.
- Document regarding model law for medical research.
- Document regarding death investigator workload.
Work Product Sent to SDO:
- None currently.
Entered OSAC Registry Approval Process:
- None currently.
- See the Research & Development Needs identified by the Medicolegal Death Investigation subcommittee.
The Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) has provided the opportunity for OSAC Subcommittees to identify baseline documents and reference materials that best reflect the current state of the practice within their respective disciplines.
These documents contain practical information regarding these disciplines that can help forensic scientists, judges, lawyers, researchers, other interested parties and the general public, to better understand the nature, scope, and foundations of the individual disciplines as they are currently practiced.
It is important to note that the identification of these documents in this venue does not represent an endorsement by OSAC or NIST. Only documents that are posted on the OSAC Registries constitute OSAC endorsement. All copyrights for these documents are reserved by their owners. Subcommittee position statements or responses to data collections by the subcommittee represent the consensus opinion of the subcommittee, not necessarily the position of the entire OSAC organization or NIST.
Accreditation, Certification, and Training:
- SWGMDI Comparison of NAME and the IAC&ME Accreditation Standards
- SWGMDI Minimal Educational Requirements for MDI System Personnel
- SWGMDI Certification of Medicolegal Death Investigation Personnel
- Public Commentary on Recommendations for Certification and Training of MDI Personnel
Endorsement of External Documents:
- SWGMDI Endorsement of CDC Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Training Materials
- SWGMDI Endorsement of NIJ Death Investigation - A Guide for the Scene Investigator
- SWGMDI Medicolegal Autopsy Facility Data for the United States 2005
- SWGMDI Medicolegal Autopsy Facilities in the United States 2011
- SWGMDI Possible Study Models to Assess the Utility of Autopsy in Contentious Mediolegal Categories of Death
- Public Commentary on Possible Study Models to Assess the Utility of Autopsy in Contentious Medicolegal Categories of Death
- SWGMDI PRC 9 A Report and Recommendations for Regional Medicolegal Autopsy and Death Investigation Centers
Critical Stress Management:
- SWGMDI Principles for Critical Stress Management in MDI Settings
- Public Commentary on Principles for Critical Stress Management in MDI Settings - Critical Event Debriefing and Recommendations for Development
Supply of Forensic Pathologists:
- SWGMDI Increasing the Supply of Forensic Pathologists in the US
- NAME and CAP Response to the Draft Report on 'Increasing the Supply of Forensic Pathologists in the United States'
- Public Commentary on Increasing the Supply of Forensic Pathologists in the US
Organ and Tissue Procurement:
- SWGMDI Standards for Interactions Between Medical Examiner/Coroner Offices and Organ and Tissue Procurement Organizations and Eye Banks
- Public Commentary on Organ and Tissue Procurement Committee Standards and Best Practices for Interactions Between Medical Examiner/Coroner Offices and Organ and Tissue Procurement - Comments Jan 6 - May 12, 2015
- Public Commentary on Organ and Tissue Procurement Committee Standards and Best Practices for Interaction Between Medical Examiner/Coroner Offices and Organ and Tissue Procurement Organizations
- Public Commentary on Organ and Tissue Procurement Committee Standards and Best Practices for Interactions Between Medical Examiner/Coroner Offices and Organ and Tissue Procurement and Eye Banks - Comments December 2012 - February 2013
- SWGMDI Guidelines for Media Relations - Dissemination of Public Information in Medicolegal Death Investigations
- Public Commentary on Guidelines for Media Relations - Comment Report
Medicolegal Death Investigation Centers:
- SWGMDI Status of Perceived Need for Regional Medicolegal Death Investigation Centers
- Public Commentary on Status of and Perceived Need for Regional Medicolegal Death Investigation Centers
- SWGMDI Regional Medicolegal Autopsy and Death Investigation Centers - Construction, Staffing, and Costs
Next of Kin:
- SWGMDI Principles for Communicating with Next of Kin During Medicolegal Death Investigations
- Public Commentary on Principles for Communicating with Next of Kin During Medicolegal Death Investigations
- SWGMDI Workplace Locations of Board Certified Forensic Pathologists in the US Who Perform Medicolegal Autopsies
- Public Commentary on Workplace Locations of Board Certified Forensic Pathologists in the US Who Perform Medicolegal Autopsies
- SWGMDI Research in Forensic Pathology Medicolegal Death Investigation
- Public Commentary on Research in a Forensic Pathology/Medicolegal Death Investigation
- SWGMDI Relationships Between Pathology Departments and Medical Examiner/Coroner Offices
- Public Commentary on Relationships between Pathology Departments and ME/Coroner Offices
- None at this time.
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