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Recertification for ABMDI

In order to recertify, you must provide documentation that you are currently employed at a medical examiner/coroner office or equivalent federal authority with the responsibility of investigating death or show continued competency in the field, complete an Ethics Statement and provide the appropriate continuing education documentation.

Continued competency for those individuals not employed by a medical examiner/coroner jurisdiction or equivalent federal authority as a medicolegal death investigator is verified by competency assessment. Tests must be proctored at a local college, university or approved testing center.

Recertification Administrative Fee $25

Recertification Test Fee $110 (for those who must verify continued competency)

Recertification Retest Fee $20 per section not to exceed $110

Audits begin six months prior to the Registry/Board Certification expiration, although you have the full five-year period, if needed, to accumulate the mandatory 45-hours of approved continuing education. Because you must verify employment at the time of recertifiation, early review will not occur. The office will notify you by mail that your recertification date is approaching. It is your responsibility to mail in the completed documentation for review.

You cannot begin accumulating continuing education until successfully passing the Registry or Board Certification examination(s). Each activity must be recorded in the original continuing education folder provided to you, including all supporting documentation (i.e. copy of certificate indicating hours from approved provider, transcript, copy of brochure or letter indicating course approval, etc). Documentation must show proof of attendance, number of hours, dates, and approving agency.

The ABMDI accepts continuing education that is approved by the American Medical Association (AMA), American Nursing Association (ANA), American Bar Association (ABA), American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), College of American Pathologists (CAP), Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), Pennsylvania Coroner's Education Board, Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST or equivalent), US Department of Homeland Security and post secondary institutions recognized by national educational accrediting agencies. All courses must be relevant to the field of medicolegal death investigation. Please make sure that the continuing education you are submitting meets this criteria or we cannot accept it.

Training courses that are not preapproved by an agency listed above may be submitted to the ABMDI for review. In order for us to review the activity, we need the following documentation at least 30 days prior to the training date:

  • Course schedule including actual hours of instruction and speakers
  • Curriculum vitaes of all instructors
  • Copy of course materials/outlines

Packets not returned in the ABMDI Continuing Education Folder provided to you will be considered incomplete. Why is it important to submit it in the folder? Many of you submit documentation that is neat and orderly. However, we also receive copies of documents that make no sense to us. The continuing education folder helps provide an outline for what needs to be submitted for review.

It is recommended that you keep a photocopy of all documentation submitted. If you are not currently in good standing because of outstanding balances, recertification will not be possible unless ALL fees have been paid in full.

The ABMDI is accredited by the Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board (FSAB), which requires proof of continued competency in order to be recertified. Continued competency can be demonstrated by current employment or by examination. The recertification examination will be required if you are not currently working for a medical examiner/coroner jurisdiction or equivalent federal authority with the responsibility of investigating deaths.

Continuing Education Folder

ABMDI Ethics Statement - pdf

ABMDI Code of Professional Responsibility - pdf

ABMDI Recertification Work Verification - pdf