International Journal of Legal Medicine

, Volume 121, Issue 2, pp 90–104 | Cite as

Best practice in forensic entomology—standards and guidelines

  • Jens Amendt
  • Carlo P. Campobasso
  • Emmanuel Gaudry
  • Christian Reiter
  • Hélène N. LeBlanc
  • Martin J. R. Hall
Original Article


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.


Forensic entomology Quality assurance Guidelines Standards Postmortem interval 



The members of the EAFE, who made comments on, refined, supported and ratified the present paper in Lausanne.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jens Amendt
    • 1
  • Carlo P. Campobasso
    • 2
  • Emmanuel Gaudry
    • 3
  • Christian Reiter
    • 4
  • Hélène N. LeBlanc
    • 5
  • Martin J. R. Hall
    • 6
  1. 1.Institute of Forensic MedicineUniversity of FrankfurtFrankfurt/MainGermany
  2. 2.Laboratory of Forensic Entomology, Section of Legal MedicineUniversity of BariBariItaly
  3. 3.Départment EntomologieInstitut de Recherche Criminelle de la Gendarmerie, Fort de RosnyRosny sous BoisFrance
  4. 4.Institute of Forensic MedicineWien 1090Austria
  5. 5.University of DerbyDerbyUK
  6. 6.Natural History MuseumLondon SW7 5BDUK

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