American Board of Forensic Toxicology
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Notice: On October 31, 2013, the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) and the Forensic Toxicologists Certification Board (FTCB) entered into an agreement in which the FTCB would be merged into and be consolidated with the ABFT.  There will be a 120 day period of review, planning and due diligence, and upon completion of this period, the exact parameters of the consolidation will be announced.

The motivation to consolidate is multi-faceted – but most importantly, the ABFT and FTCB believe that the existence of two separate certification boards in forensic toxicology can cause confusion for practitioners and the communities they serve.  Both Boards agreed that one unified "voice" for uniformity and standardization of qualifications and competency within our profession is needed and will benefit the profession.

Notice: The ABFT Diplomate and Specialist examinations will be administered on Thursday, May 15, 2014 (during the SAT annual meeting) at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square at 16090 City Walk, Sugar Land, TX 77479.  All applicants must have obtained candidacy status with the Board to take the examination. Please contact Kimberly Wrasse at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to obtain an application packet.

 
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Certification of Forensic Toxicologists

The objective of the Board is to establish, enhance, and revise as necessary, standards of qualification for individuals who practice forensic toxicology, and to certify as qualified those voluntary applicants who comply with the requirements of the Board. In this way, the Board aims to establish a practical and equitable system of readily identifying individuals who possess the requisite qualifications and competence in forensic toxicology.

Certification is based upon the candidates personal and professional record of education and training, experience, achievement, and a formal written examination.

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Laboratory Accreditation

The objective of the Board is to establish, enhance, and maintain standards of qualification for those laboratories that practice Postmortem Forensic Toxicology or Human Performance Toxicology, and to accredit as qualified laboratories those applicants who comply with the requirements of the Board. In this way, the Board aims to establish a practical and equitable system of readily identifying laboratories who have demonstrated the requisite qualifications and competence in forensic toxicology.

Accreditation is based upon compliance with professional standards, as assessed by peer review, including an on-site inspection, and successful achievement in one or more proficiency testing programs recognized by the Board.

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ABFT Continuing Education Program

On January 1, 2004, the Board established a continuing education requirement.

 

The Mission of the ABFT

Forensic toxicology encompasses the measurement of alcohol, drugs and other toxic substances in biological specimens and interpretation of such results in a medicolegal context. The purpose of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology is to establish and enhance voluntary standards for the practice of forensic toxicology and for the examination and recognition of scientists and laboratories providing forensic toxicology services.

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The ABFT is a sponsor of the Scientific Working Group for Forensic Toxicology (SWGTOX).
The ABFT has updated it Laboratory Accreditation Program Documents - click here.