INSPECTION AND ACCREDITATION

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NAME CORE ACCREDITATION PROGRAM

The National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) accreditation standards have been prepared and revised by NAME for the purpose of improving the quality of the medicolegal investigation of death in this country. Accreditation applies to offices and systems, not individual practitioners. The standards emphasize policies and procedures, not professional work product. The standards represent minimum standards for an adequate medicolegal system, not guidelines. NAME accreditation is an endorsement indicating that the office or system provides an adequate environment for a medical examiner in which to practice his or her profession and provides reasonable assurances that the office or system well serves its jurisdiction. It is the objective of NAME that the application of these standards will aid materially in developing and maintaining a high caliber of medicolegal investigation of death for the communities and jurisdictions in which they operate. 

The NAME Accreditation Program is a peer review system. Its goal is to improve office or system performance through objective evaluation and constructive criticism. The inspector is the medical examiner's peer and serves as a guest consultant to the office or system.

The accreditation program is intended to evolve over time. Procedures ensure the review of standards and procedures and a mechanism is established for setting standards. 

The fee structure for inspection and accreditation is based on the population served by the office. Offices serving less than 2 million in population will pay $3,500 first year and $1,000/year for the next three (3) years.  Offices over 2 million in population will pay $7,000 first year and $2,000/year for the next three (3) years.  Individual offices within a larger system will be inspected and treated as individual offices. The Inspection and Accreditation Fee Structure may be increased for offices outside the continental United States to allow business class airfare if the scheduled flight time, including stopovers and change of planes, is in excess of 14 hours.  In such circumstances, business class air travel is permitted, in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations. Fees are subject to change and are set by the NAME Executive Committee.

The NAME core accreditation program is managed by ORA (Occupational Research and Assessment) https://ina.orainc.com.  For information pertaining to inspection, re-inspection or annual accreditation verification under NAME’s accreditation program, please contact Denise McNally at [email protected]

Documents pertaining to the I&A process, including the Autopsy Performance Standards are available here:

NAME International Accreditation Flyer
Inspection introductory letter 03-31-16
NAME Accreditation Checklist 2019 - 2024

NAME Accreditation Checklist Autopsy Only 2019 - 2024
NAME Autopsy Performance Standards 2016
NAME I&A Policy Manual

ISO/IEC 17020 ACCREDITATION

In 2016 NAME entered into an alliance with ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB). ANAB offers an ISO/IEC 17020 program for medical examiner/coroner offices that seek ISO (International Organization for Standardization) accreditation. In January of 2019 the first joint ISO assessment and core NAME inspection was performed.  American Forensics in Mesquite, Texas, successfully achieved accreditation both under ISO standard 17020 and Full Accreditation under NAME’s core program.  Although it was subsequently decided that the alliance between NAME and ANAB would be dissolved, ANAB will continue to support and work with any medical examiner/coroner's office that wishes to pursue 17020 accreditation after the termination of the alliance with NAME. 

Exemplar policies for offices preparing for an ISO/IEC 17020 assessment are available below.  The policies are numbered using the ISO/IEC 17020 International Standard.  All of these policies were written by committee members using their individual office practices and experiences, and may not exactly apply to other office practices.

4.1-4.2 Bias and Confidentiality
5.1 Administrative Requirements
5.2 Organization and Management
6.1 Personnel
             Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement
6.21-6.25 Facilities
6.2.6-6.2.12 Measurement Traceability
6.2.13-6.2.15 Computers and Defective Equipment
6.3 Subcontracting
7.1-7.1.9 Inspection Methods
7.2-7.4 Handling Inspection Items, Inspection Records, Inspection Reports and Certificates
7.5-7.6 Complaints and Appeals
            Complaints and Appeals Policy
            Complaint Tracking Form
8.2-8.3 Management Documentation
8.4 Management System Documentation, Control of Records

ISO 8.5- 8.8
             AF Chapter 22 Internal Audit
             8.6-8.7 Campobosso
             ISO 8.5- 8.8

For an up to date listing of NAME and ISO 17020 accredited facilities, click here and check the box "NAME Accredited" and/or "ISO 17020 Accredited" then click on "search".