Public Position Papers

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NAME Position Paper Process 2013
NAME Position Paper Guidelines 2006


Position Papers

Deaths in Custody 10-2017
Medical Examiner Release of Organs and Tissues for Transplantation 12-2014
Assessment of suspected head trauma in infant and young children 06-2014
Retaining Postmortem Samples for Genetic Testing 06-2013
Medical Examiner, Coroner, and Forensic Pathologist Independence 03-2013
Recommendations for Invest, Dx, and Cert of Deaths due to Opiates 03-2013
Utilization of Physician Assistants in ME Offices 10-2010


Position Statements

Autopsy Performance Standards 09-2014
Death Certification 09-2014
Collection, Retention, and Disposition of Biologic Specimens 11-2008
Medical Examiner Involvement in Bioterrorism Surveillance 11-2001
Veteran Status of Unclaimed Decedents 03-2001
Support of Repealing Certain Religious Exemption Laws 03-2001
Opposing Autopsy Observation as a Form of Punishment 03-2001
National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) 01-2001
Forensic Pathologist Testimony In Out of Jurisdiction Legacy Cases 10-02-15