Forensic medicine

The Department of Forensic Medicine (Budapest Institute Of Medical Sciences at the time) was founded by the Minister of Justice in 1964.

The department ’s reports are produced in accordance with the 2016/XXIX. law on medical specialists, as per the request of the authorities and utilizing the newest scientific and technological breakthroughs while abiding to requirements of neutrality and impartiality.

The doctors of the department are qualified as specialists in following fields: forensic science, health insurance, pathology, internal medicine, neurology, occupational medicine, furthermore in forensic psychiatry, psychiatry, addictology while the psychologists possess qualifications of adult and child clinical and mental hygienic specialist, neuropsychology, psychological specialist, and psychotherapist.

The specialist work is supported by a team of well-prepared specialist-collaborators such as surgeons, thoracic surgeons, traumatologists, obstetrician-gynaecologists, ophthalmologists, otolaryngologists, internists, cardiologists, gastroenterologists, paediatricians, anaesthesiologists, radiologists, dentists etc.

The head of the department is also the Chairman of the Verification Committee founded to appraise the eligibility of judges and judge-secretaries.

The department was certified as the place for the vocational training of the General Medical Faculty of the Semmelweis University for forensics and forensic psychiatry specialisations.

Under the Department of Forensic Medicine operates the Section of Criminal Forensic Medicine. One of the tasks performed by the department is, while abiding to the operative measures/laws,  fulfil the role of on-scene medical expert (forensic), mainly acting as a specialist consultant of the investigational authorities, in the on-scene autopsies of non-natural deaths. The specialists of the department also perform magisterial and juridical autopsies on behalf of the police, furthermore the laboratory of histology preforms the histological investigations of the cause of death and other pathological differences ordered during the autopsies.


Head of the Department of Forensic Medicine:

Dr Sándor Kosztya
Department of Forensic Medicine
director, forensic medical expert