Inspection and Accreditation

The National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) accreditation standards have been prepared and revised by NAME for the purpose of improving the quality of the medicolegal investigation of death in this country. Accreditation applies to offices and systems, not individual practitioners. The standards emphasize policies and procedures, not professional work product. The standards represent minimum standards for an adequate medicolegal system, not guidelines. NAME accreditation is an endorsement indicating that the office or system provides an adequate environment for a medical examiner in which to practice his or her profession and provides reasonable assurances that the office or system well serves its jurisdiction. It is the objective of NAME that the application of these standards will aid materially in developing and maintaining a high caliber of medicolegal investigation of death for the communities and jurisdictions in which they operate. 

The NAME Accreditation Program is a peer review system. Its goal is to improve office or system performance through objective evaluation and constructive criticism. The inspector is the medical examiner's peer and serves as a guest consultant to the office or system.

The accreditation program is intended to evolve over time. Procedures ensure the review of standards and procedures and a mechanism is established for setting standards. 

In April of 2016 NAME entered into a strategic alliance with ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB). In addition to the core accreditation program offered by NAME, ANAB offers an ISO/IEC 17020 program for medical examiner/coroner offices that seek ISO (International Organization for Standardization) accreditation, either solely or in addition to accreditation under the NAME core program. 

As of January 1, 2017, accreditation will be conferred for a period of four (4) years under the ISO/IEC 17020 accreditation program and/or the NAME core accreditation program for offices seeking accreditation or re-accreditation, because the ISO cycle is set at four years. Thus, offices that seek to pursue inspection and accreditation under both programs will not have to prepare for two inspections at separate times.

The fee structure for inspection and accreditation is based on the population served by the office. Individual offices within a larger system will be invoiced and inspected as individual offices.

ISO/IEC 17020 Accreditation Program

NAME’s account manager with ANAB is Brad Putnam.  Medical examiner/coroner offices wishing to apply for accreditation under the ISO program should contact Mr. Brad Putnam at  

Exemplar policies for offices preparing for an ISO 17020 inspection are available here:

Complaints and Appeals
Complaints and Appeals Policy
Bias and Confidentiality
Complaint Tracking Form
Measurement Traceability
Final control of records
5.1 Administrative requirements
ISO 17020 7.2-7.4

NAME’s Core Accreditation Program

The core program will continue to be managed by ORA (Occupational Research and Assessment).   For information pertaining to inspection, re-inspection or annual accreditation verification under NAME’s core accreditation program, please contact Denise McNally at

Documents pertaining to the I&A process, including the Autopsy Performance Standards are available here:

NAME Accreditation Flyer (information on the process, including why to seek accreditation)

Inspection introductory letter 03-31-16

2014 NAME Policy Manual-Inspection and Accreditation

NAME Accreditation Checklist 2014-2019 10-13-17

NAME Accreditation Checklist-Autopsy Only 2014-2019 05-21-18

NAME Autopsy Performance Standards 2016

NAME I&A Policy Manual

Accredited Offices

Accredited offices: For an up to date listing of NAME accredited facilities, go to Organization Search in the left hand menu (or click here) and check the box "NAME accredited" then click on "search".