Forensic anthropology serves the investigative and judicial communities by analysing human remains for medicolegal purposes. It has adopted a pivotal role in both UK and international investigations being core to issues of suspicious deaths, repatriation, mass disasters and war crimes. The RAI Forensic Anthropology Committee was formed in 2011 in response to the need to provide a robust system of certification for practicing forensic anthropologists in the UK. In 2011 the RAI partnered with the British Association of Forensic Anthropology to develop a validated formal system of certification with the RAI providing the role of overarching professional body. In addition to promoting the discipline, the main role of the RAI committee is to provide oversight of the professional certification process. Further information about certification and the application process can be found here.

Professor Lucina Hackman (Chair)
Professor John Gowlett (Chair of the Examination Board)
Professor Roger Soames (Moderator of the Examination Board)
Dr Julie Roberts (Chair of the British Association of Forensic Anthropologists)
Dr David Shankland (RAI Director)
Ms Felicity Davies (Secretary)
Ms Linda Ainscough
Dr Catriona Davies
Dr James Rose
Dr Helen Langstaff (FAII Representative)
Dr Rachael Carew (FAIII Representative)

Applications for Forensic Anthropologist certification are examined by a separate board that reports to the Forensic Anthropology Committee. The board consists of the Chair, John Gowlett and an external moderator, Niamh Nic Daeid. The board is supported by the examinations panel, which consists of all current FAI certified forensic anthropologists: Linda Ainscough, Sue Black, Lucina Hackman, Gaille MacKinnon, Nicholas Márquez-Grant, Julie Roberts, Tal Simmons, Catriona Davies and Caroline Wilkinson. External examiners are included for FAI examinations.

For information on certification and the activities of the Forensic Anthropology committee please click here.