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  • Council Members Year 2019 - 2020
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The College of Forensic Pathologists of Sri Lanka formed in year 2000 with objectives of achieving and maintaining highest standards in forensic medicine throughout Sri Lanka by  promoting co-operation, co-ordination and fellowship among the disciplines associated with the specialty and by furthering education, training and research in forensic medicine will be celebrating its 15th Birthday this year. The College started with a 19 founder members who were board certified as specialists in forensic medicine, has a membership over 50 life members and 25 associate members.  The founder president was Dr. L.B.L. de Alwis, Consultant Judicial Medical Officer Colombo. The first council consisted of 14 members and the inauguration of the College was done on 16th of November 2000 at a ceremony held at the Sri Lanka foundation institute.More

 

MESSAGE FROM THE 16TH PRESIDENT OF CFPSL

It is an honour and privilege to write this message as the 16th President of the College of Forensic Pathologists of Sri Lanka (CFPSL) 2019-2020. The CFPSL was formed in the year 2000 to achieve and maintain the highest standards in forensic medicine throughout Sri Lanka by promoting co-operation, co-ordination and fellowship among the disciplines associated with the specialty and by furthering education, training and research in forensic medicine.

The CFPSL emerged at a time when the country was combatting terrorism when the importance and impartiality of forensic services was at its very highest. The college membership proved to the nation, and the world, over and over again our impartiality in crime investigation, reporting and management. We no longer consider ourselves as ‘witnesses of the Court’ only, but professionals having a greater role in responding and prevention of violence in the society. Although the LTTE was defeated in 2009, and the country was in a post conflict resolution phase, where establishment of law and order and equitable justice to all Sri Lankans was the bed rock of successive governments, with the 2019 April bombings, the country was challenged again to reflect on how we respond to crime. In this background, the 2019-2020 council look forward to work towards the theme “Strategic pre-planning for a quality assured forensic service” which is the need of the hour.

The capacity building of any service is expected to improve the quality. However, the effects are not sustainable unless they are linked to a quality assurance mechanism. Development of human resource, buildings, space, equipment, technology, tele-communications, placing management systems are integral parts of the quality assurance systems. Mechanisms should be built to review the work, not for the purpose of assigning blame or punishment, but as identifying deficiencies and correcting them. So the time has come to commence the dialog on ‘quality assured forensic service in Sri Lanka’ no matter where you work while standing on the fundamental ethical principle - ‘impartiality’.

‘Strategic pre-planning for a quality assured forensic service to children’ was initiated this morning and we aspire to commence the dialog further to other areas. Crime scene investigations and management of dead in disasters, medico-legal services to living and dead, medico-legal document management, sample collection and management, evidence in courts are other areas that need improvement. I sincerely hope that all the stake holders and our international colleagues will give their fullest support to the college in this endeavour.


Prof P. Anuruddhi S. Edirisinghe.
MBBS, MD (For Med), DLM, DMJ(Lond), MFFLM(UK)
Professor of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya
President College of Forensic Pathologists of Sri Lanka 2019-2020

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