ArticleForensic Pathology on the Threshold of the 21st Century and the Need for Harmonization of Current Practice and Training: The Greek ConceptMavroforou, Anna M.Sc.; Michalodimitrakis, Emmanuel M.D., J.D.Author Information From the Department of Forensic Sciences, University of Crete Medical School, Heraklion, Crete, Greece. Manuscript received August 1, 2001; accepted August 1, 2001. Address correspondence and reprint requests to Anna Mavroforou, M.Sc., Department of Forensic Sciences, University of Crete Medical School, 71110 Heraklion, Crete, Greece. E-mail: email@example.com The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: March 2002 - Volume 23 - Issue 1 - p 19-25 Buy Abstract Our era is characterized by the globalization of crime. This poses to all democratic countries the urgent need to reform their systems to fight crime more effectively. Forensic sciences remain an integral part of the system against crime. This scientific field can also offer valuable knowledge regarding the causes of death. From an epidemiologic point of view, this can result in better organization of prevention measures for the best interests of the community. Harmonization and collaboration in the operation of the various forensic systems that presently exist around the world is of paramount importance if effective prevention of crime and other causes of death in contemporary reality is to be achieved. In addition, revision of training in forensic pathology and forensic sciences is essential if harmonizing the forensic systems is to succeed. This report provides an overview of the wide variation in the operation of forensic systems and training. Emphasis is given to the importance of their harmonization, and an attempt is made to explore principles that may contribute along these lines. Finally, the authors provide proposals for revision of the training system in forensic pathology in Greece. © 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.