Services of the Swiss Human Institute of Forensic Taphonomy (SHIFT)

Presentation of the unit Education and Research FAQ

 Our services Who can ask for them?

Taphonomic examinations

(Samples, dating, analysis,...)

Usually related to a body removal, an autopsy case or an external examination

(judicial authorities, medical examiner)

Diagnosis of cemetery soils Municipal services
Forensic anthropology and osteology examinations

Most often, related to a body removal, an autopsy case or an external examination

(judicial authorities, medical examiner)

Forensic macrobiology, microbiology and entomology examinations During body removal, autopsy or external examination (judicial authorities, forensic doctor)

Examinations on file

(consult us)

Public Prosecutor's Office, other national and international forensic agencies, private requests

Mass Disaster Situations Disaster Victim Identification (DVI), Non-Governmental Organizations and International Organizations
Experts in court Presidents of the courts
Follow-up of taphonomic studies (provision of samples, preparations, sections) according to projects

Academic partners, professional organizations

Research collaborations Academic partners, professional organizations
Training Academic partners, professional bodies, non-governmental organizations and international organizations

Our role is also to accompany public authorities (cantonal and/or federal) and certain professional branches (funeral directors) in the management of specific contexts such as:

  • COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Professionalization of the funeral industry