American Board of Forensic Toxicology
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The need to identify qualified forensic scientists who can provide essential professional services for the nation’s judicial and executive branches of government has long been recognized. In response to the professional need, the American Board of Forensic Toxicology was organized in 1975 to provide, in the interest of the public and the advancement of the sciences, a certification program in forensic toxicology.  In purpose, function, and organization, the ABFT is analogous to the certifying board in the various medical specialties and scientific fields.

Important Notice
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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.

The Board is a non-profit 501(c)(6) 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 has been accredited by the Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board (FSAB) since March 1, 2006.
 
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Certification of Forensic Toxicologists

The objectives of the Board are to establish, enhance, and revise as necessary the standards of qualification for those who practice forensic toxicology and to certify as qualified scientists 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 those who possess the requisite qualifications and competence in forensic toxicology.

Certification is based upon the candidate’s personal and professional record of education and training, experience, achievement, and a formal written examination.  Applicants and Certificants must be engaged in the practice of forensic toxicology.

There are a total of 387 Certificants certified by the ABFT - 
  • F-ABFT – 177
  • D-ABFT-FA – 41
  • D-ABFT-FD – 32
  • D-ABFT-FT – 137
The ABFT is recognized by CMS for the credentialing of a laboratory director of high complexity testing in accordance with 42 CFR 493.1443(b)(3)(i). This is limited to individuals with a doctoral degree in a chemical, physical, biological or clinical laboratory science.

Click here to download the ABFT Certification Brochure

 
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Laboratory Accreditation

The objective of the Board are 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 that have demonstrated the requisite qualifications and competence in forensic toxicology.

Laboratory Accreditation is based upon compliance with professional standards as assessed by peer review, including an onsite inspection and successful achievement in proficiency testing programs as required by the Board.

Click here to download the ABFT Forensic Toxicology Laboratory Accreditation Brochure
 

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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On February 18, 2014, the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) and the Forensic Toxicologist Certification Board (FTCB) merged into a single organization.

Due to the increased interest to become certified in forensic toxicology, the ABFT will be offering the Diplomate and Fellow examinations at multiple venues in 2016.