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General Provisions
  • Certificants must be engaged in the practice of forensic toxicology at the time of application.
  • The right to deny Certification is reserved.
  • Certificates of Qualification in Forensic Toxicology are valid for five years and are renewable according to standards and under conditions established by the Board, including continuing education requirements.
  • Persons holding a valid Certificate of Qualification issued by the Board are entitled to use the applicable designation and initials.
  • Certificates may be suspended or revoked for appropriate cause under an elaborate system of safeguards for the individual concerned.
  • Qualifications, requirements, and application procedures for certification are subject to revision by the Board. The latest version can be obtained online at www.abft.org or from the ABFT Administrative office.
  • A Certificant of the Board, in good standing, who has permanently retired from the active practice of forensic toxicology because of age or disability or for other cogent reason(s) acceptable to the Board, may be granted Emeritus Fellow or Emeritus Diplomate status, within the discretion of the Board. Such status shall signify the Board’s recognition that the Emeritus Certificant has retired from the active practice of forensic toxicology and was a Certificant in good standing of the Board at the time of conferral of such Emeritus Certificant status. Emeritus Certificants shall not be considered to be certified by the Board.
Continuing Education and Annual Fees

Once certified, all Certificants are required to provide annual documentation of continuing education in the field of forensic toxicology. Current documentation requirements are available on the ABFT website. An annual maintenance fee of $100 is collected at the time continuing education documentation is submitted by the Certificant. The documentation and fee must be submitted every year, regardless of the amount or lack of continuing education activity that a Certificant has participated in for a given year.


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.