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General Qualifications

Applicants must be persons of good moral character, high integrity, and good repute and must possess high ethical and professional standings.

Applicants must be engaged in the practice of forensic toxicology at the time of application for Certification.


Applicants must possess an earned degree in one of the natural / life sciences, from an institution acceptable to the Board (Acceptable institutions are those accredited by Regional Accrediting Commissions recognized by USOE, those whose pertinent education programs, e.g., in chemistry, were at the time accredited by national accrediting agencies recognized by USOE and other institutions in the discretion of the Board).

Applicants must have appropriate education in biology, chemistry, and pharmacology or toxicology. (An example of adequate undergraduate education in chemistry is satisfactory completion of at least 32 semester hours or 48 quarter hours of college level studies in chemistry including accredited courses in inorganic, organic, analytical and physical chemistry).

Professional Experience

Applicants must have at least three years of full-time professional experience (or the part-time equivalent thereof in forensic toxicology, acceptable to the Board and acquired subsequent to receipt of the degree, in one or more of the following categories: (1) post-graduate education/training in toxicology or closely related disciplines, (2) practice, (3) research, (4) teaching, (5) administration.

At least one year of the professional experience must have been acquired immediately preceding the date of application.

Applicants are required to document a record of appropriate professional activities in forensic toxicology, in keeping with the concept that "Forensic Toxicology is the study and practice of the application of toxicology to the purposes of the law."

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Emeritus Certificants shall not be considered to be certified by the Board.


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.

The Latest

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.