Name: The Indian Association of Forensic Odontology (IAFO) has constituted ‘The Indian Board of Forensic Odontology’(IBFO), to impart training in Forensic Odontology
Objectives: Forensic Odontologyis a science for societal cause. It has been one of the objectives of the IAFO to impart the knowledge and skill of forensic dentistry to all the dental surgeons who are interested in this art and science and have the desire to serve the community in times of calamities and help the judiciary in the deliverance of justice.
Applicants must possess a Bachelor of Dental Surgery/ equivalent degree and registered under Part A of the Dental Council of India.
No. of Seats: Up to 20 on first come first served basis.
Education and Training: The Certificate Course in Forensic Odontology is a distance learning program of 12 months duration with necessary practical training. The course will provide extensive theoretical (mostly distant education) and specific practical (limited to Laboratory) knowledge in forensic Odontology and basic knowledge required in associated subjects. The educational experience thus gained facilitates the dental surgeon to garner knowledge, skill and confidence to investigate and deliver the duties of a Forensic Odontologist. The participants shall complete the following Modules:
- Age estimation.
- Bite Mark investigation.
- Pattern Marks investigation (Lip, Rugae, etc.).
- Child Abuse investigation.
- Comparison of Physical evidences, Images, Biological Markers.
Certification: A candidate who has undergone education and training of 12 month should appear for the examination/evaluation within 24 months, after completion of the course.
IBFO Certification requires assessment of theoretical knowledge through conduct of written and/or practical examinations as required or on completion of the training and if found proficient, the IBFO shall award them with the “Fellowship of the Indian Board of Forensic Odontology”, issued by the IBFO and IAFO.
The Fellowship issued by the IBFO is not an academic degree and is not recognised by Dental Council of India. It is a Certificate of professional training in Forensic Odontology.
The certified professionals should abide by the Code of Ethics of the Dental Council of India, published in the Extra ordinary Gazette of India dated June 27, 2014 in pages 17–28.