Forensic odontology involvement in disaster victim identification

Forensic Sci Med Pathol. 2012 Jun;8(2):148-56. doi: 10.1007/s12024-011-9279-9. Epub 2011 Sep 28.


Forensic odontology is one of three primary identifiers designated by Interpol to identify victims of mass casualty events. Forensic odontology is involved in all five phases-Scene, Postmortem, Antemortem, Reconciliation and Debrief. Forward planning, adequate funding, international cooperation and standardization are essential to guarantee an effective response. A Standard Operation Procedure should be utilized to maximize quality, facilitate occupation and health issues, maintain security and form a structure to the relief program. Issues that must be considered in the management of the forensic odontology component of disaster victim identification are given in "Appendix 1". Each stage of the disaster, from initial notification to debrief, is analyzed and a comprehensive checklist of actions suggested.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Checklist
  • Disasters*
  • Forensic Dentistry* / organization & administration
  • Forensic Dentistry* / standards
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Mass Casualty Incidents
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Quality Control