About SFMS



Important information!
COVID-19-related restrictions at the State Forensic Medicine Service


In accordance with the Government of the Republic of Lithuania Resolution No. 152 of 26 February 2020 "Declaring a State of National Emergency", in order to ensure the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 disease (coronavirus infection), the State Forensic Medicine Service (hereinafter - SFMS) shall provide the following organization of work during the threat of the spread of COVID-19 disease (coronavirus infection) period:

  • Examinations of injured persons shall not be performed in personal health care institutions without a separate order of the SFMS deputy director of expertise or director;
  • Face masks are mandatory during contact meetings of expert commissions;
  • The flow of injured persons coming for forensic medical examinations shall be reduced by keeping the interval between examinations up to 1 hour, using the time for ventilation and disinfection of the premises;
  • Wearing protective masks indoors covering the nose and mouth is mandatory for all visitors over the age of 6, as well as observing personal hygiene and coughing and sneezing etiquette;
  • Wearing of masks is optional, but is recommended for people with disabilities who, due to their health condition, are unable to wear masks, or their wearing may be detrimental to their personal health (it is recommended to wear a face shield).

For relevant information on coronavirus (COVID-19)visit website: https://koronastop.lrv.lt/en/



General information


The State Forensic Medicine Service (SFMS) is a health care budgetary institution of the Lithuanian national health system, administered by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania, established to provide quality forensic medical services by conducting forensic medical examinations and investigations by the order of courts, prosecutor's offices or pre-trial investigation institutions, as well as at the requests from natural and legal persons. The key objectives of SFMS activities:

  • To provide forensic services;
  • To ensure the training and professional development of forensic medicine experts in their field; to organize the provision of their qualifications and to participate in the training of forensic doctors;
  • To ensure cooperation with research and study institutions.

SFMS expert units are located in 5 major cities of Lithuania - Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai, Panevėžys and 3 regional centers - Alytus, Jurbarkas, Marijampolė. Forensic laboratory tests are conducted at Didlaukio st. 86E, Vilnius, at Toxicology, Serology and DNA, Forensic Medical Criminalistics and Histology laboratories equipped with advanced laboratory equipment and technologies.

SFMS provides a training base for the residents of forensic medicine studies at the Faculty of Medicine of Vilnius University; it also cooperates with research and study institutions. Forensic experts improve their professional qualification in various professional development courses, seminars, scientific-practical conferences; they also participate in the preparation of methodological publications and articles on scientific and practical activities in scientific and international publications peer-reviewed in Lithuania, proficiency testing programs. Forensic specialists from Italy, Japan, the USA, the Baltic States and other European countries have improved their professional qualifications at SFMS. SFMS is a member of the Lithuanian Forensic Medicine Association, the Baltic Medico-Legal Association (BMLA), the International Academy of Legal Medicine (IALM), and the European Council of Legal Medicine (ECLM).

Since December 18, 2012, based on the National Accreditation Bureau expert assessment results, SFMS has been accredited in accordance with international standard LST EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 'General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories'. On July 10, 2020, SFMS was accredited according to the updated version of this standard - LST EN ISO / IEC 17025: 2018.