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Published, April 25th 2013


forensic medicine
Forensic medicine dissected; towards a full position for a special discipline

Forensic medicine is a unique discipline, which works for the judicial system. It als with both suspects and victims. On the one hand, forensic physicians provide care to people taken into custody by the police, and assess whether they are fit enough to be held in custody and questioned. On the other hand, it is part of their job to contribute to tracing perpetrators. Forensic physicians collect and evaluate forensic evidence in the case of sexual and physical assault. They conduct a post mortem external examination when an unnatural cause of death is presumed or when there is doubt that a person died of natural causes.


  • Prof. W.A.B. Stalman, Vice Chairman/Dean of the Executive Board of VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, Chairman
  • Dr. C. Das, Specialist in Public Health Medicine, Forensic Physician, Head of Forensic Medicine Amsterdam Municipal or Community Health Service, Instructor in Forensic Medicine at the Netherlands School of Public and Occupational Health, Amsterdam
  • Dr. W.L.J.M. Duijst, Forensic Physician at IJsselland Municipal or Community Health Service, Senior Researcher, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Prof. P. Knijff, Professor of Population Genetics and Evolutionary Genetics, Leiden University Medical Center
  • Prof. J. Meulenbelt, Professor of Clinical Toxicology, Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University; Head National Poisons Information Centre, University Medical Center Utrecht
  • Dr. H.G.T. Nijs, Forensic Physician Registered at the Royal Dutch Medical Association, Netherlands Forensic Institute, The Hague
  • M.C.W.M. van Nimwegen, Procurator-General, Public Prosecution Service, Board of Procurators-General, The Hague
  • Prof. A. Patka, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam
  • Dr. E.M. van de Putte, Paediatrician General Paediatrics/Social Paediatrics, University Medical Center Utrecht
  • Prof. R.J.P.M. Scholten, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, in particular Evidence-Based Medicine, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Director of the Dutch Cochrane Centre, Amsterdam
  • Dr. M.B.M. Soethout, Teaching Coordinator in Public Health Medicine, VU University Medical Center Amsterdam
  • Dr. C.J. in ‘t Veld, GP, Brielle, until 1 January 2012 Head of the Implementation Department, Dutch College of General Practitioners
  • Prof. R.R.J.M. Vermeiren, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Curium-LUMC, Leiden University Medical Center, professor of forensic child and adolescent psychiatry, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam
  • R. Visser, Forensic Pathologist not practising, Riemst (Belgium)
  • H. Vissers, Police Quartermaster, South-Western Region of the Netherlands, Tilburg
  • D.I.M.J. Hoefnagel LLM, Department of Economic Affairs, Unit Professions, Education and Labour market, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, The Hague, observer
  • B.E. Mooijman-Venema LLM, Legislation Department, Ministry of Security and Justice, The Hague, observer
  • Dr. J.W.A. Ridder-Numan, Directorate of Research and Science Policy, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, The Hague, observer
  • Dr. B.C. Godthelp, Health Council of the Netherlands, The Hague, scientific secretary

This publication may be cited as follows

Health Council of the Netherlands. Forensic medicine dissected; towards a full position for a special discipline. The Hague: Health Council of the Netherlands, 2013; publication no. 2013/04E ISBN 978-90-5549-968-7