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Code of Practice and Performance Standards for Forensic Pathologists Dealing with Suspicious Deaths in Scotland

DescriptionCode of Practice and Performance Standards for Forensic Pathologists dealing with suspicious deaths in Scotland Publication
ISBN978-0-7559-6824
Official Print Publication DateNovember 2007
Website Publication DateNovember 21, 2007

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Scottish Government, COPFS and The Royal College of Pathologists
ISBN 978 0 7559 6824 4
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Contents

1 Introduction
1.1 General
1.2 Importance of the code of practice and performance standards
1.3 The duties and responsibilities of the forensic pathologist

2 Professional Standards in Forensic Pathology
2.1 Introduction
2.2 The code of practice
2.3 Mortuary facilities
2.4 Peer Review
2.5 Assistance from other specialists
2.6 Keeping up to date
2.7 Departure from the standards
2.8 Record-keeping

3 Initial contact with the Pathologist
3.1 Standard
3.2 Code of practice

4 The Briefing
4.1 Standard
4.2 Code of practice

5 Scene of Discovery of the Body
5.1 Standard
5.2 Code of practice
5.2.1 Scene management
5.2.2 Action at the scene
5.2.3 Importance of notes
5.2.4 Photography
5.2.5 Position of the body
5.2.6 Assessment of the time of death
5.2.7 Other aspects of scene examination
5.2.8 Involvement of other specialists
5.2.9 Prevention of contamination at the scene
5.2.10 Taking of specimens at the scene
5.2.11 Removal of the body

6 The Autopsy
6.1 Standard
6.2 Code of practice
6.2.1 Approach to the autopsy
6.2.2 General considerations
6.2.3 Needs of relatives
6.2.4 Involvement of other specialists
6.2.5 Photography
6.2.6 Radiology
6.2.7 Autopsy notes
6.2.8 Removal of clothing
6.2.9 Collection of trace evidence from the body
6.3 Autopsy procedures
6.3.1 Measurements
6.3.2 External examination
6.3.3 Examination of injuries
6.3.4 Internal examination
6.3.5 Collection of internal specimens at autopsy
6.3.6 Post-mortem histology
6.3.7 Health and safety issues
6.3.8 Retention of material after autopsy

7 The Pathologist's Autopsy Report
7.1 Standard
7.2 Code of practice
7.2.1 General comments
7.2.2 Report preamble
7.2.3 History
7.2.4 The scene of the death
7.2.5 External appearance of the body
7.2.6 Injuries
7.2.7 Internal examination
7.2.8 Supplementary examinations
7.2.9 Commentary and conclusions
7.2.10 Cause of death
7.2.11 Retention of samples
7.2.12 Final check
7.2.13 Time of submission of the report
7.2.14 Disclosure of information to the defence

8 Conferences and other subsequent action
8.1 Standard
8.2 Code of practice
8.2.1 Attendance at precognition
8.2.2 Availability for consultation
8.2.3 Change in opinion

9 The Pathologist and the Defence
9.1 Standard
9.2 Code of practice

10 Attendance at Court
10.1 Standard
10.2 Code of practice

11 References