// 3rd CALL DEADLINE: 1 April 2016

//VENUE AND DATE OF FINAL EXAMS: Coimbra (Portugal), Sept 2016 (exact date to be announced)

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An anthropologist who works under close supervision of a senior forensic pathologist, anthropologist or other suitably qualified expert, and his/her responsibilities encompass at least data collection, including maceration of the remains, inventory, radiography, standard measurements, photography, initial notes, analyses may apply for Level 2 certification. The applicant must hold a minimum of a Master’s degree in biological anthropology or a related field (e.g. biology, natural sciences, biochemistry, forensic anthropology, osteology, medicine, etc.). The applicant must provide a full narrative of how their education has prepared them for the work in forensic anthropology. He/she must provide an unequivocal proof of assisting with casework, such as co-signed reports. In addition, a letter from a supervisor detailing applicant’s responsibilities must be included. In addition, the applicant must be a member of FASE prior the application for certification, and show participation in relevant and continuing education in forensic anthropology.

Certification will be performed in two phases: 1) Initial evaluation of the CV and other documents.It is emphasized that incomplete applications will not be further considered for evaluation. A check list of the submitted documents should be included with the application form.  2) for those candidates who pass the initial evaluation, a written and practical examination. The written examination will consist of a set of 10 questions on forensic anthropology methods. The written examination consists of objective questions on forensic anthropology theory, methods, and general knowledge. The practical exam consists of specimen evaluation including questions concerning human/non-human identification, taphonomy, aspects of the biological profile, and trauma.

In order to pass both the written and practical exam, a success rate of min. 80% is required.

An applicant for Level 1 certification will have conducted forensic anthropological analyses independently, have written and signed reports, and testified in court. The conditions for being accepted as Level I practitioner include:
• fulfillment of the same requirements as Level 2 applicants;
• holding a MD or PhD degree. The applicant must provide a full narrative of how their training and experience has prepared them for work in forensic anthropology. For medical doctors, additional training/degrees in physical anthropology and forensic sciences/medicine or forensic anthropology must be evident;
• submission of two (2) case reports which reflect comprehensive knowledge of forensic anthropology. For example, we do not recommend submitting case reports that only include one skeletal element or non-human identification.
• submission of a list of cases that show applicant’s expertise and experience in agreement with national judicial regulations by providing an unequivocal proof that he/she was responsible for at least 20 forensic anthropology cases as an expert.
• evidence of at least 5 years of experience after completion of the highest academic degree.

Certification will be performed as follows: In addition to the written and practical examination required for level 2 candidates, Level 1 candidates must also complete a practical viva voce oral examination that will focus on two case scenarios.

Level I candidates, as well as level II, have to pass both the written and practical exam and achieve a success rate of min. 80%.


In addition, for the more experienced and established practitioners, practicing for at least 15 years, certification as honoris causa will be granted based upon their CV, qualifications, academic status, and professional experience. To be considered for honoris causa, the applicant must submit all documents required for level 1 certification.


1. Fill in and submit the application form and ensure that all mandatory documents are included by providing a completed checklist (see the checklist at the bottom of the page). Applications with missing documents will not be considered.

2. Send the application documents, including application form, CV, case reports and any other relevant material to the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3. Cover the necessary costs of the application fee


For Level 1, two forensic case reports signed by the applicant are mandatory.
For Level 2, a letter of recommendation from the direct supervisor and clear evidence of hands-on contribution to forensic cases must be submitted for evaluation.


A processing fee of 50 euros must be paid at the time of application.
For those applicants who are approved to take the written and practical examinations an additional fee of 100 euros must be paid.

Account Name: Centro de Estudos de Pós-Graduação em Medicina Legal Address Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Coimbra, Polo I, Rua Larga, 3004-504 Coimbra, Portugal

Bank name: Montepio Geral Bank Address Largo da Portagem, 43, 3000-337 Coimbra, Portugal

Swift code/BIC: MPIOPTPL

IBAN code: PT50003600339910058168688

Please note that the transfer should be free of any charges for the beneficiary.


Please ensure that you have provided all the necessary documents for the Level for which you are applying. Here is a checklist to facilitate this step:


- Prof. Sue Black - Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK
- Prof. Cristina Cattaneo - LABANOF- Laboratory of Forensic Anthropology and Forensic Odontology, University of Milan, Milan, Italy
- Prof. Eugénia Cunha - Department of Life Sciences, Center of Functional Ecology, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
- Prof. Gérald Quatrehomme - Laboratory of Forensic Pathology and Forensic Anthropology, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, Nice, France
- Prof. Ann H. Ross - Department of Sociology and Anthropology, NC State University, Raleigh, USA
- Prof. Douglas Ubelaker - Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA