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Code of practice: forensic pathologists

The code of practice and performance standards for forensic pathologists in Scotland who are dealing with suspicious deaths.

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Code of practice and performance standards for forensic pathologists dealing with suspicious deaths in Scotland

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This code of practice is for forensic pathologists in Scotland who are dealing with suspicious deaths. It is also relevant for neuropathologists, paediatric pathologists and any other pathologist (including NHS pathologists) involved in the investigation of suspicious deaths.

It was produced by The Royal College of Pathologists and the COPFS Scottish Fatalities Investigation Unit (SFIU).

This document covers professional standards, initial contact with the pathologist, scene where the body was discovered, the autopsy and autopsy report, conferences and subsequent action, and attendance at court.