Certificant Requalification

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The purpose of the Requalification process is to determine and document that a Certificant has maintained qualifications and continues an acceptable practice of forensic toxicology. Requalification is distinct from annual documentation of continuing education and occurs every five years. There is no fee associated with the requalification process.

Requirements For Requalification

Certificants must be engaged in the practice of forensic toxicology at the time of application for requalification.

Certificants must submit continuing education information and fee for each of the years prior to Requalification. Requalification applications will not be processed unless all continuing education material has been submitted.

Continuing education credit minimum totals for a first time requalification may be prorated relative to an individual’s initial date of certification. Thereafter, a minimum total continuing education requirement for each full five-year period in consideration for requalification must be maintained.

Procedure For Requalification

Three months prior to the end of the current Certification or Requalification time period, Certificants will receive a Requalification Application form with instructions for completing the application.

Upon the timely receipt of the application and supporting documents, the Committee on Credentials and Requalification will review the application. Some cases may be submitted to the full Board of Directors who vote on whether or not the Certificant should be requalified. Requalification is for five (5) years commencing at the end of the prior Certification or Requalification time period.

Requalified Certificants will receive notification in addition to a Certificate of Requalification.


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.