About SFMS

 

 

General information

 

The State Forensic Medicine Service (SFMS) is a personal health care budgetary institution of the Lithuanian national health system, administered by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania, established under provisions of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania Resolution No. 547 of June 18, 2014 „On Changing the Name and Subordination of The State Forensic Medicine Service Under the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania”.

 

The main purpose of SFMS operational activities is to provide quality forensic medical services by performing forensic medical expertise and examinations by the court, public prosecutor or pre-trial investigation institutions  officers’ orders and other individuals and legal entities’ requests.

The key operational objectives of SFMS:

  • To provide forensic services;
  • To ensure training and skills development of forensic medicine experts of their field, organize provision of their qualifications and preparation of forensic doctors;
  • To collaborate with institutions of higher education.

The main functions of structural units in their working areas are set out in the Regulations of the State Forensic Medicine Service approved by the Minister of Health Resolution No. V-3 of January 6, 2015 „On Approval of the State Forensic Medicine Service Regulations“.

 

SFMS expert units are located in 5 major cities of Lithuania - Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai and Panevėžys and 3 regional centers - Alytus, Jurbarkas, Marijampolė. Forensic laboratory tests are carried out at Didlaukio g. 86E, Vilnius.  This is a center of modern Toxicology, Serology and DNA, Forensic Medical Criminalistics and Histology laboratories, compliant with scientific and technological standards.

 

On December 18, 2012, based on results of the National Accreditation Bureau expert assessment, SFMS was accredited in accordance with international standard LST EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 'General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories'
 
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