GB Forensic Services provides consulting, referral services and information regarding developments in issues dealing with Forensic Odontology. The issues covered by this company include: Multiple Fatality Incidents that require identification by dental means; Missing and Unidentified Persons cases; Bitemark cases (including the collection and analysis of the evidence); Human Abuse cases involving children, adults and the elderly; and Civil cases dealing with dental malpractice and personal injury.

Our Mission

The mission of the company is first to provide requesting individuals or agencies the help they need to establish a complete and accurate body of evidence with which a defendable expert opinion can be developed. Secondly, the company will provide a complete and accurate analysis of the evidence and develop expert opinions that can assist in the resolution of cases both criminal and civil. Thirdly, the company will refer individuals or agencies to other qualified experts if the evidence or nature of the case falls outside the capabilities of the company.

Definitions Of Guidelines, Standards and Policies

Guidelines:

• Outline of procedures to help direct.
• Suggested but not mandatory procedures.
• Starting point; an aid.
• Advice.
• Not required, recommended.
• Not enforceable, little imperative.

Standards:

• A model to be followed; establishes protocol; a benchmark.
• Strictly defined and followed by all based on its correctness.
• A method of practice that has met the scrutiny of scientific study and verification.
• Compulsory minimal level of practice.
• More restrictive than guidelines; more enforceable.
• Out of compliance and subject to sanction if not followed.

COMMENT: A failure to follow a standard may be defensible if it can be justified by proof that the standard is not worthy or that the departure is equivalent.

Policy:

• A predetermined, selected and planned prescription of conduct.
• Arbitrary but adopted way of proceeding.
• Absolutely authoritarian by acclamation and can’t be changed without a majority or some supreme authority.
• Those who do not comply are unsupported or lose affiliation with organization.

COMMENT: A “guideline” may state the optimum or ideal situation. It would outline the most desirable approach but, if not followed may be excusable. A “standard” might be less comprehensive but would state the minimal requirements of acceptability. A “policy” would not necessarily have anything to do with correctness but would carry the maximum imperative to comply and is not appropriate for scientific investigation.