The Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner (IOSME) has again achieved full accreditation from The National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME). In order to obtain accreditation, the office underwent a rigorous onsite inspection of the facility and a review of laboratory practices, policies and procedures by a group of medical examiner peers chosen by the NAME Inspection and Accreditation Committee. To achieve full accreditation, an office is allowed up to 15 deficiencies and the IOSME had none.
“The re-accreditation process required commitment by all the IOSME personnel and I am very proud of their hard work and dedication in obtaining the excellence this recognition represents” said Chief State Medical Examiner, Dr. Julia Goodin. David Fowler, M.D., Chairman of the NAME Inspection and Accreditation Committee said, “NAME accredited offices represent the highest quality of death investigation systems. The citizens can be proud of the hard work, dedication and leadership made by you and your staff in attaining this accreditation.”
The IOSME is part of the Iowa Department of Public Health and provides forensic autopsy, investigation and consultation services to county medical examiner offices and law enforcement agencies across the state. The number of autopsies performed at the office has grown from 189 in 2000 to 722 in 2012. The State Medical Examiner’s office and laboratory facilities are located on the Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny campus.