Toxicology Associate Member Requirements

AAFS Requirements:

The entry level at which most applicants enter the AAFS (with the exception of Trainee Affiliate and Student Affiliate).  Advancement to Member and then to Fellow is accomplished by meeting additional criteria established by each section.  Associate Member status is granted to individuals:

  1. Who are actively engaged in the field of forensic sciences and who have made some significant contribution to the literature of forensic science, or
  2. Who have advanced the cause of the forensic science in some other significant manner, and
  3. Who satisfy the requirements for membership of the section applied to or recommended for, and
  4. Who have earned a baccalaureate or higher academic degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the United States Department of Education, or from a non-U.S. college or university bearing equivalent accreditation.

Toxicology Requirements:

  1. AAFS Basic Requirements for Associate Member must be fulfilled; and
  2. Applicant must have earned a baccalaureate or graduate degree in one (1) of the natural sciences from an accredited institution, and sixteen (16) semester credit hours in chemistry, and
  3. Provide transcripts of chemistry credits, graduate and undergraduate. International applicants will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis if their transcripts do not document the required sixteen (16) hours of chemistry as hours or credits and may be subject to additional requirements; and
  4. Be actively engaged in forensic toxicology for at least one (1) year immediately prior to application; and
    1. Have made a significant contribution to the literature of forensic toxicology; or
    2. Have been pursuing a course of study for at least one (1) year for an advanced degree applicable to the educational needs of a forensic toxicologist;, or
    3. Have advanced the cause of forensic toxicology by laboratory service or in some other significant manner; and
  5. Two (2) letters of reference. One (1) reference must be from a full Member or Fellow of the Toxicology Section of the AAFS and must be able to comment knowledgeably on the applicant’s qualifications. The second reference may be from a Toxicology Section member, an AAFS member, or an acceptable reference from someone active in forensic toxicology and must be able to comment knowledgeably on the applicant’s qualifications. Exceptions to this requirement may be considered for applicants residing outside of the United States and Canada, in which case, two (2) references from non-members must be submitted and may be otherwise evaluated or accepted if approved by a majority vote of the members present at an annual business meeting of the section. If exception is made, those seeking a waiver of requirements will be delayed approval of the application for one (1) year, and Associate Members applying for promotion to Member will be required to provide two (2) references from Members or Fellows of the Toxicology Section.

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