Code of Ethics

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The American Board of Forensic Toxicology expects all persons holding a Certificate of Qualification from this Board to maintain the good moral character, high integrity, good repute, and high ethical and professional standing which are initial and continuing qualifications for recognition by this Board, and to conform to the following principles of ethical conduct:

  • Conduct themselves with honesty and integrity at all times.
  • Perform all professional activities in Forensic Toxicology with honesty and integrity, and refrain from any knowing misrepresentation of their professional qualifications, knowledge and competence, evidence and results of examinations, or other material facts.
  • Hold in proper confidence all information obtained or received in the course of their professional practice, and refrain from misuse of any such information.
  • Strive to be aware of and alert to any actual or potential conflicts of interest, and strive to avoid or appropriately resolve any such conflicts.
  • Maintain and enhance their qualifications and competence for the practice of Forensic Toxicology, to the best of their ability.
  • Act in accordance with the long-standing precepts for ethical practice of the profession of Forensic Toxicology, and refrain from any action or activity, which would tend to bring disrepute upon or otherwise harm the profession of Forensic Toxicology or the American Board of Forensic Toxicology.

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.