Membership

Membership Information

References: All Full, Associate, and Promotional Member applicants must be sponsored by two Full SOFT members in good standing. All Student Member applicants must be sponsored by one Full SOFT member in good standing or academic advisor.

Full Members: Full (also referred to as "Regular") members are those who fulfill the qualifications set forth below. They must pay dues and have full voting privileges. Full membership in SOFT shall be available to individuals who have demonstrated their ability to function as forensic toxicologists as recognized by SOFT and who are actively engaged in forensic toxicology at the time of application. Applicants for Full membership must have the following education degrees and experience in forensic toxicology:

  • Ph.D. and two years experience
  • M.S. and four years experience
  • B.S. or B.A. and six years experience

Associate Members: Applicants who do not qualify for Full membership, but who demonstrate interest in forensic toxicology, are eligible for Associate membership. Associate members pay dues but do not have voting privileges and do not qualify for "Retired" status.

Student Affiliate Members: Students pursuing degrees and careers in disciplines related to forensic toxicology may apply for membership as Student Affiliate members. Students who are seeking advanced degrees and actively engaged in forensic toxicology need to apply as Full or Associate Members. Student Members pay reduced dues and do not have voting privileges.

Retired Members: Retired Members are Full Members or Charter Members with at least 25 years experience in forensic toxicology or 10 years of Full Member or Charter Member status in SOFT and who have reached the age of 65. Retired Members have voting privileges but do not pay dues.

Applicant privileges: ToxTalk is the official SOFT newsletter available through the SOFT website. Applicants can register for the SOFT annual meeting at the reduced member rate if their application is complete 30 days before the meeting. Typically, if an applicant submits after the meeting deadline, the application fee will be applied for the following year's dues.

Application process: Upon receipt of all application materials (application; application fee of US $100 for Full or Associate Members, US $15 for Student Affiliate Members, and US $0 for Promotional Members; CV; and the appropriate number of references) by the SOFT Administrative Office, documentation will be forwarded to the Secretary and Membership Committee for consideration. All Full, Associate, and Promotional Member applicants must be sponsored by two Full SOFT Members in good standing. All Student Affiliate Members must be sponsored by one Full SOFT Member in good standing or academic advisor. All reference forms must be received within 60 days after receipt of application. The Secretary, who also serves as chair of the Membership Committee, will notify the applicant of the Membership Committee's determination. If the applicant has met the membership criteria, membership begins on the date of notification.

Current dues: US $100 Full or Associate Members, US $15 Student Affiliate Members

Membership Applications and Forms:

Membership Application
Reference Form
Promotion Application
Reinstatement Application
Retirement Application