Examination and Scheduling

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Examination

Applicants who meet the listed requirements will be admitted to the examination. The examination must be completed within a period of two years. Applicants must successfully pass the comprehensive written examination based on the principles and practice of forensic toxicology.

An applicant may reapply for certification one time no earlier than 180 days after failing to pass the second examination. Individuals may not reapply for certification a third time without submitting a written request to the Board of Directors detailing how the individual has received additional documented training and who provided such training. The acceptance of a third application for certification rests solely with the Board of Directors whose decision in this process is final.

ABFT Examination Study Guide

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Scheduling

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 2018.

American Academy of Forensic Sciences
February 20, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
1400 6th Avenue
Seattle, WA  98101

International Association of Chemical Testing
April 29th, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
1 Capital Avenue
Indianapolis, IN  46204

Society of Forensic Toxicologists
October 9, 2018
Minneapolis, MN

All Candidates who wish to sit for the examination must register with This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Chairman of the Examinations Committee, within 30 days of the examination date. To successfully complete the certification process as a Fellow or Diplomate, Candidates must pass an examination within two years of obtaining Candidate status.


 

 

 

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.