The Forensic Science Regulator commissions an audit of the work of forensic pathologists on a regular basis. This is the report of the third audit from 2012.
It looks at 2 types of post mortem examination:
- a death due to use of an illicit substance
- a death in which the forensic pathologist had to take over a case already started by a non-forensic specialist
The audit raised issues which were addressed by further research. These findings are included in ‘A study into decision making at the initial scene of unexpected death’.