American Board of Forensic Toxicology
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Important Notice: On February 18, 2014, the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) and the Forensic Toxicologist Certification Board (FTCB) merged into a single organization.  The name of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology will be retained.  All Certificants of the FTCB are now certified by the ABFT.  Click here for additional information.

A new ABFT Examination Study Guide has be posted.  The ABFT Diplomate and Specialist examinations will be administered at the upcoming AAFS meeting in Orlando, Florida.  All Certificant applications must be received by January 15, 2015 to ensure sufficient time to review and process applcations.

The Board is a non-profit organization incorporated in the District of Columbia. It is recognized by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Society of Forensic Toxicologists, California Association of Toxicologists, Canadian Society of Forensic Science and Southwestern Association of Toxicologists. The ABFT is accredited by the Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board (FSAB).
 
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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.

ABFT Accredited Laboratories

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.