Continuing Education

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Examples of ABFT-Approved Resources for Continuing Education

In general, the ABFT will approve Continuing Education that meets to following criteria:

- The activity is in the field of forensic toxicology, as determined by the ABFT.

- The activity can be fully documented through the availability of a certificate of completion and/or paid registration receipt.

Examples of acceptable Continuing Education include, but are not limited to:

-  Attending Workshops / Presentations at forensic toxicology‐related scientific meetings including, but not limited to, the                     AAFS, CAT, SOFT and TIAFT

-  Presenting at a workshop, or scientific session (platform or poster) at forensic toxicology‐ related scientific meetings                          including, but not limited to, the AAFS, CAT, SOFT and TIAFT.

-  Journal of Analytical Toxicology CE for members of SOFT: Website

-  Webinars related to forensic toxicology that provides a certificate of completion.

-  On‐line courses or short courses related to forensic toxicology that provides a certificate of completion.

-  In‐house continuing education course provided they are in the field of forensic toxicology and provide a documented                         registration (e.g., transcript) and certificate of completion.

-  Teaching ‐ for community education and/or approved continuing education programs.

-  Submission of referenced examination questions to the ABFT examination committee. Contact the ABFT for more                            information.

Examples of Unacceptable Continuing Education include, but are not limited to:

-  Undocumented self‐study or journal reading.

-  Preparation / research for expert reports and deposition and trial testimony.

-  In‐house meetings and/or training that are part of performing your immediate job (whether documented or not).

-  Manufacturer‐provided training on equipment used in your laboratory as part of your job responsibility.

-  Teaching and advising, if this is your primary job responsibility.

-   All activities not determined to be in the field of forensic toxicology by the ABFT.

 

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.