FASE Certification 2021

FASE certification announcement

The online theoretical exams will be held on September 24-26 2021. The practical exams will be postponed until the epidemiological situation allows travel.
Applications can be submitted until 30 June 2021. 

The application process proceeds as usual.

Please send the completed application form, which can be downloaded from:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-2oy7MpdE_tbW1vdTlXWWVCdUk, including your CV, case reports and any other relevant documentation to the following email address: cunhae@ci.uc.pt.

The deadline for applications is 30 Jun 2021.

Please note that all documents need to be translated to English. Please ensure that all mandatory documents are included by providing a completed checklist. Applications with missing documents will not be considered.

Detailed requirements for the applications can be found in the FASE Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 1-2 on pages 3-5. The Newsletter can be downloaded from: http://forensicanthropology.eu/index.php/newsletter 


Fee: A processing fee of 50 € needs to be paid at the time of application (see bank details below). The applicants, who decide to take the written and practical examinations (after being approved), need to pay another fee of 100 €.

Account Holder: FASE

Address: International Academy of Legal Medicine, Centre Universitaire Romand de Médecine Légale (CURML), Ch. de la Vulliette 4, 1000 Lausanne 25, Switzerland

IBAN: CH68 0026 9269 8601 4241 V 


Bank address: UBS Switzerland AG, Postfach, CH-8098 Zürich 

Please indicate clearly your name and the reason for your transaction (certification 2019) on the transaction.

Disclaimer: All transaction fees must be carried by the participant. In case of any discrepancies in the amount of the transaction, the participant will be required to pay the difference at the registration counter in cash.


– LEVEL 2: the candidate has got sufficient qualification for handling skeletal remains and providing assistance to senior personnel (e.g., pathologists or anthropologists)

– LEVEL 1: the candidate is considered to be an independent practitioner in medical-legal issues in the field of forensic anthropology 


Short checklist of the application requirements can be found here for LEVEL 1 and LEVEL 2 certification.

All applicants need to be members of FASE prior to applying for certification.


The certification process is performed in two phases:

1) Initial evaluation of the CV and other documents. It is emphasized that incomplete applications will result in the application not being further considered for evaluation. The candidates will be informed about the outcome of this evaluation.

2) Candidates, who pass the initial evaluation, will need to attend a written and practical examination. Level 1 candidates need to fulfill the same requirements as Level 2 candidates plus complete a practical oral examination that will focus on two case scenarios.

The written exam consists of questions on forensic anthropology theory, methods, and general knowledge.  The practical exam for both Level 1 and 2 candidates consists of specimen evaluation including assessment of fragmentary remains, human/non-human identification, taphonomy, aspects of the biological profile, and pathological changes/trauma.

The complete examination is considered as passed when the candidate achieves a result of 80% or greater. The results will be announced to the candidates within a week of the date of the exam.

At the present time, the certification covers the expertise concerning only remains of the deceased, not the assessment of the living.