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Disaster Victim Identification Subcommittee

Members of the OSAC Disaster Victim Identification Subcommittee
Members of the OSAC Disaster Victim Identification Subcommittee (July 2019)

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.

Officers | Members | OSAC Registry Approved DocumentsDocuments in Process | Research & Development Needs | Discipline-Specific Baseline Documents | Presentations

Officers

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

Members 

Donald Bloom, U.S. National Disaster Medical System

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

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

Bryan T. Johnson, U.S. 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

Naeem Ullah, Office of Chief Medical Examiner, NYC

Victor Weedn, M.D., George Washington University

OSAC Registry Approved Documents

OSAC Registry Ribbon

ANSI/ASB Best Practice Recommendation 007, Postmortem Impression Submission Strategy for Comprehensive Searches of Essential Automated Fingerprint Identification System Databases, First Edition, 2018 (effective September 5, 2019).

ANSI/ASB Best Practice Recommendation 010, Forensic Anthropology in Disaster Victim Identification: Best Practice Recommendations for the Medicolegal Authority, First Edition, 2018 (effective September 5, 2019).

Documents in Process

Under Development: 

  • Best Practice Recommendations for Building Resiliency for Disaster Victim Identification Responders. 
  • Best Practice Recommendations for Quality Assurance in Disaster Victim Identification.
  • Best Practice Recommendations for Managing Disaster Victim Identification Response with Chemical, Biological, Nuclear, and Explosive Trauma. 
  • Best Practice Recommendations for Disaster Victim Accounting. 
  • Best Practice Recommendations for Comparison of ID Methodologies in Disaster Victim Identification. 
  • Best Practice Recommendations for Mass Fatality Management Preparedness. 
  • Mass Fatality Incident Data Management: Best Practice Recommendations for the Medicolegal Authority.
  • Media Communications: Best Practice Recommendations for Medicolegal Authorities in Disaster Victim Identification.
  • Ethical Considerations in Disaster Victim Identification: Best Practice Recommendations for the Medicolegal Authority.
  • Legal Considerations in Disaster Victim Identification.
  • 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.
  • Forensic Odontology in Disaster Victim Identification: Best Practice Recommendations for the Medicolegal Authority.

Work Product Sent to SDO:

SDO Published:

Entered OSAC Registry Approval Process: 

  • None currently.

Research & Development Needs

Discipline-Specific Baseline Documents

  • None currently.

Presentations

  • 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 December 10, 2019