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•Discussing, sharing, and exchanging ideas regarding scientific analytical methods, protocols, training, and research related to MDI by bringing together organizations and/or individuals actively pursuing relevant methods and procedures.
•Reviewing and integrating appropriate current MDI literature and practices. Serving as a forum to discuss, develop, and advance consensus standards, guidelines and best practices for MDI.
•Cooperating with other national and international organizations in developing standards, guidelines and best practices.
•Generating and disseminating standards, guidelines, best practices, and recommendations for quality assurance and quality control.
•Disseminating SWGMDI standards, guidelines, best practices, studies, and other recommendations and/or findings that are of benefit to the medicolegal and forensic communities, and other interested parties.
•Identifying and evaluating research needs and priorities and encouraging research and innovative technology related to MDI.

The purpose of SWGMDI is to advance the scientific basis and quality of medicolegal death investigation (MDI). This is to be accomplished through discussing, sharing, and exchanging ideas regarding analytical methods, protocols, training, and research; reviewing and integrating appropriate MDI literature and practices; serving as a forum to discuss , develop, and advance consensus standards, guidelines, best practices, and quality assurance and control for MDI in cooperation with national and international organizations; disseminating SWGMDI standards, guidelines, best practices, studies, and other recommendations or findings that are of benefit to the medicolegal and forensic communities, and other interested parties; identifying and evaluating research needs and priorities;  and encouraging research and innovative technology related to MDI.

The maximum number of members on the SWGMDI board is 25. SWGMDI products and recommendations require a 2/3 majority vote. “Advisory Members” may be enlisted by Presiding Officers (Committee Chairs) of Committees to assist the committee in its activities, but Advisory Members do not have voting privileges at SWGMDI Board meetings.

 

 

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