Forensic Institutions around the world

Forensic Institutions around the world

Institutions in different nations define minimum level of competence of the forensic engineer, with the major objective of these institutions being to promote forensic science, improve the practice and elevate forensic engineering standards (Figure 1).


Fig. 1: Forensic institutions around the world

Major forensic associations are shown in the Table I.

These associations, in general, were formed to identify and bring together professional engineers having qualifications and expertise as practicing forensic engineers to further their continuing education and promote high standards of professional ethics and excellence of practice.

They seek to share knowledge, exchange experiences and come to mutual agreements in the field of forensic science. Several associations organize activities include meetings and scientific seminars, collaborative studies and proficiency tests, advising relevant partners on forensic issues

These institutions can support the additional duty for accident prevention by forensic investigations that is to perfect safety procedures and safer behaviors by collecting information on human errors and failure modes as suggested in this paper. The safety, as well known, is one of the basic human rights. Considering their role in the professional ethics and excellence of practice, these institutions can take into account this opportunity of safety increasing and thus provide for better ways to implement it. In other words, they can evaluate if the professional secrecy has to cover the junior engineering level or parts of it. They can establish if the results of the investigations and root cause analysis have to be made available for databases in an anonymous way and if the same data collection can be another duty for the same institutions.

Table I: Several forensic institutions around the world

Acronyms Forensic Institutions Country
AAFS the American Academy of Forensic Sciences USA
AFSN the Asian Forensic Sciences Network Asia
AICEF Academia Iberoamericana de CriminalĂ­stica y Estudios Forenses Central& South America
ANZFSS the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society Australia &New Zeland
BFDE the Board of Forensic Document Examiners USA
ANZFSS the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society Australia & New Zeland
ENFSI the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes Europe
JAFAST Japanese Association Of Forensic Science And Technology Japan
IBFES the International Board of Forensic Engineering Sciences USA
IICFIP the International Institute of Certified Forensic Investigation Professionals 105 countries
NAFE American National Academy of Forensic Engineer USA
OSAC the Organization for Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science USA
SARFS the Southern Africa Regional Forensic Science Network South Africa
SMANZFL the Senior Managers of Australian and New Zealand Forensic Laboratories Australia & New Zeland


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