Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) provides responsive front-line death investigation and death certification services.
We shed light on death by:
- certifying the cause and manner of death in accordance with the Fatality Inquiries Act
- assisting and educating Albertans in time of grief
- maintaining and developing a centre of excellence in forensic pathology and toxicology
When a death occurs suddenly or it cannot be explained, the OCME conducts an investigation, under the authority of the Fatality Inquiries Act.
We hold each of our investigations to determine:
- who died
- where they died
- when they died
- why they died
- how they died
Fatality Inquiries Act
About the OCME
We have two regional offices – one in Edmonton and the other in Calgary. The Chief Medical Examiner is based in Edmonton.
The OCME has seven functional units:
- medical examiners
- death investigators
- autopsy suite