Independent report

Forensic pathology: audit report 3

The report of the third audit of the work of forensic pathologists commissioned by the Forensic Science Regulator.

Detail

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’.