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FASE CERTIFICATION 2017

4th CALL for FASE CERTIFICATION

Update on certification

Venue and Date for the examination: Istituto di Medicina Legale, Via Luigi Mangiagalli 37, 20133 Milan (Italy), Sunday 17 September 2017 (full day) and Monday 18 September 2017 (morning)

Changes to the dates: Due to the number of candidates and the changes to the certification procedure, it is likely that it may not be possible to complete the exam in one day. Therefore, the candidates are advised to be prepared to continue with the exam on Monday morning.

Changes to the certification procedure:

Candidates, who will be invited for the examination, will need to attend both the 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 change in the procedure concerns the fact that all candidates will sit all parts of the examination, as opposed to only being able to proceed with the exam if completing the written part successfully (achieving 80% of greater).

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.

 

LEVELS OF CERTIFICATION:

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

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

Fee: A processing fee of 50 € needs to be paid at the time of application. The applicants, who decide to  take the written and practical examinations (after being approved), need to pay another fee of 100 €. The bank details will be available at the end of April. Please check the website forensicanthropology.eu for updates or follow our Facebook page: Forensic Anthropology Society of Europe (FASE).

Short checklist of the application requirements:

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

LEVEL II
1. proof of a Master degree in biological or forensic anthropology or related field
2. full narrative on the training related to forensic anthropology
3. proof of continuing education in forensic anthropology
4. proof of assisting with casework
5. letter from a supervisor

LEVEL I
1. proof of a Master degree in biological or forensic anthropology or a related field plus proof of MD or PhD degree in biological or forensic anthropology or a related field
2. full narrative on the training related to forensic anthropology
3. proof of continuing education in forensic anthropology
4. two case reports
5. list of cases (minimum 20 forensic anthropology cases as an expert)
6. evidence of at least 5 years of experience in case work

For established practitioners practicing for at least 15 years, certification as honoris causa may be granted based upon their CV, qualifications, academic status, and professional experience.  To be considered for honoris causa, the candidate needs to submit all documents required for Level I 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 by 15 July 2017.

2) Candidates, who pass the initial evaluation, will need to attend a written and practical examination. Level I candidates need to fulfill the same requirements as Level II 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 I and II 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 individual aspects of the examination are considered as passed when the candidate achieves a result of 80% or more.

 

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

 

Additional information about the evaluation process of the certification exams

 

The exams will be corrected anonymously by the attending members of the certification committee.

The results for the written part of the examination will be provided immediately after the exam. The candidates will be notified whether they have achieved 80% or more in the exam, which are required for them to be able to continue the examination process by taking the second part of  the exam.

The overall results and the final decision on the certification status of the candidates will be announced within one week after the examination by email.

The candidates who had been approved to undertake the examination, but failed the written or the oral part of the exam are welcome to re-take the part that they failed. The candidates do not need to pay any additional fees. The candidates need to notify Professor Eugenia Cunha (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) prior to 15 July 2017 if they wish to re-take the exam during the next certification round (Milano, 17 September 2017).

 

If you have any queries about the certification process please contact Professor Eugenia Cunha (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).