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Int J Legal Med. 2007 Mar;121(2):90-104. Epub 2006 Apr 22.

Best practice in forensic entomology--standards and guidelines.

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Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Frankfurt, Kennedyallee 104, 60596, Frankfurt/Main, Germany.


Forensic entomology, the use of insects and other arthropods in forensic investigations, is becoming increasingly more important in such investigations. To ensure its optimal use by a diverse group of professionals including pathologists, entomologists and police officers, a common frame of guidelines and standards is essential. Therefore, the European Association for Forensic Entomology has developed a protocol document for best practice in forensic entomology, which includes an overview of equipment used for collection of entomological evidence and a detailed description of the methods applied. Together with the definitions of key terms and a short introduction to the most important methods for the estimation of the minimum postmortem interval, the present paper aims to encourage a high level of competency in the field of forensic entomology.

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