Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

How the office works, death investigation process, body transportation and report a death.

Services and information

This office investigates deaths in Alberta, issues death documents related to investigations, and provides education and training.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) uses body transportation firms to safely and compassionately move people who have died.

How the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) investigates sudden, unexpected or unexplained deaths in Alberta.

How to order documents related to an Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) investigation of a death.

Members of the public and health professionals must report an unexpected or unexplained death they witnessed, following these steps.

Introduction

When a death occurs suddenly or it cannot be explained, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) conducts an investigation, under the authority of the Fatality Inquiries Act.

OCME investigates deaths to determine:

  • identity of the deceased
  • date and place of death
  • medical reason for death (why it occurred)
  • manner of death

Find out more about the OCME.