North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

The North Carolina Medical Examiner System is a network of medical doctors and allied health professionals throughout North Carolina who voluntarily devote their time, energy, and medical expertise to see that deaths of a suspicious, unusual or unnatural nature are adequately investigated. The OCME investigates all deaths in North Carolina due to injury or violence, as well as natural deaths that are suspicious, unusual, or unattended by a medical professional.

This resource is maintained by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the state of North Carolina. The OCME is a branch in the Epidemiology Section of the Division of Public Health. The OCME also functions as the Division of Forensic Pathology of the UNC School of Medicine, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

N.C. OCME News

  • 06/23/16 6:00 a.m.: All Phone lines at the OCME are back to normal working order.

  • 05/16/16: Infant and Child Death Scene Reconstruction Training (FREE) for Law Enforcement and current NC Medical Examiners will be held at the Jacksonville Police Department in Jacksonville, NC. Choose from one of four 3.5 hour training sessions on September 15th or September 16th. Morning sessions will be held from 8:30am-12:00pm, and afternoon sessions will be held from 1:00pm-4:30pm. To register or to get more information, call or email Lisa Mayhew at at 919-743-9059.
  • 05/13/16: Make-up Medical Examiner Orientation: Standards and Best Practices training session is being offered on Friday, May 20th in Asheville at the Buncombe County Administration Building. Registration questions can be emailed to email Trish Fore.
  • 10/21/15: Commission of Anatomy added
  • 07/27/15: Frequently Asked Questions
  • 06/01/15: The N.C. DHHS, OCME, Forensic Toxicology Laboratory Achieves National Accreditation
  • NC CFPT Toxin Report
  • NC CFPT ATV Report

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Last Modified: May 16, 2016