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
Theodore Brown, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
Matthew Cain, Regenstrief Institute/Indiana University Health
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, Vermont Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
Erin Morris, Los Angeles County Public Defender (Human Factors Representative)
Jayne Morrow, Ph.D., Montana State University
Marcus Nashelsky, M.D., University of Iowa
Bobbi Jo O'Neal, Charleston County Coroner's Office
Lindsey C. Thomas, M.D., Hennepin County, Minnesota (Retired)
Margaret Warner, Ph.D., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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:
Endorsement of External Documents:
Critical Stress Management:
Supply of Forensic Pathologists:
Organ and Tissue Procurement:
Medicolegal Death Investigation Centers:
Next of Kin:
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