Continuing Education Regulations for “Forensic Chemist GTFCh“

1. Preamble

According to § 5 of postgraduate professional education regulations the Forensic Chemist GTFCh is obliged to regularly continue his or her education. Continuing education should cover the areas contained in the postgraduate professional education catalogue in order to enhance present knowledge, experience, and skills, to acquire new insights and to become acquainted with the latest developments.

2. Continuing education categories

Category A:  Workshops, symposia and research group meetings approved by the GTFCh upon suggestion by the admission commission in the relevant work field

Category B:  National and international congresses, symposia, workshops and conferences in the relevant work field approved by the GTFCh upon suggestion by the admission commission

Category C: Individual lectures, publications, teaching, contributions to conferences

Category D: Visitations and other activities

3. Minimum requirements, maximum credit

The Forensic Chemist GTFCh must demonstrate 80 continuing education points per year, 30 of which are accepted from private studies, which means 50 continuing education points must be accrued annually.

At least 40 continuing education points from categories A-C must annually be acquired. From category C a maximum of 20 continuing education points are creditable per year.

From category D, a maximum of 10 continuing education points are creditable annually.

The total sum of continuing education points acquirable annually is unlimited.

4. Awarding of continuing education points

Attended activities must be accepted by the GTFCh to be eligible for continuing education points.

Accepted activities and the number of continuing education points accredited are published on the GTFCh website.

Further activities relevant to the work field are regulated in appendix 1
 
For all continuing education points not immediately accepted, the admission commission decides on their validity. The executive committee decides in case of discrepancies.

5. Proof of continuing education

Every four years, the Forensic Chemist GTFCh is obliged to inform the chairman of the admission commission of regular continuing education in table form.
 
Every three years the executive committee may ask GTFCh Forensic Toxicologists to submit proof of regular continuing education.

If continuing education according to point 3 of the Continuing Education Regulations is not possible within the four-year-control period, the missing continuing education points may be handed in within the year following the control period. The acquired continuing education points cannot be accredited for the subsequent control period.

If a GTFCh Forensic Toxicologist cannot prove sufficient continuing education, the executive committee decides whether the expert title is suspended or retracted.

6. Special regulations

Persons obliged to continuing education may be temporarily excused from this obligation in agreement with the admission commission upon request.

7. Objection

If a Forensic Chemist GTFCh does not agree with the accreditation of continuing education points, he may submit a written objection to the president within three months. The executive committee decides on further action. Legal recourse is excluded.

8. Legal validity of Further Education Regulations

The version at hand was passed by the executive committee on the 22d of November 2008 and confirmed by the general assembly on the 3rd of April 2009.
 
 
Appendix 1: additional continuing education points in work field-specific activities
 
Individual Contributions
Continuing Education Points
Courses and seminars for police, justice and others
2 CEP/h
Special expert activity in court proceedings
10
Presentations
10
Short presentations
6
Extraordinary crime scene work
10
Documents from work in expert panels
10
Poster
6
First author in professional journals
10
Co-author in professional journals
6
Supervision of graduants, postgraduates and trainees
10 CEP/month
Visitations
4 CEP/day