Examination Regulations for certification as “Forensic Chemist GTFCh“

Appendix 3 of Postgraduate Professional Education Regulations “GTFCh Forensic Chemist“

Examination Regulations for Certification as “GTFCh Forensic Chemist“

1. Examination objective

Passing the exam aims at proving that the applicant has extensive knowledge in the area of forensic chemistry in the work field applied for. The examination is subject to fee. The examination fee will be fixed by the executive committee.

2. Examination contents

Examination consists of basics of the work field applied for and of the postgraduate professional education modules (appendix 1) for certification as “GTFCh Forensic Chemist “.

3. Examination board

The examination board is nominated by the chairman of the certification commission and consists of three GTFCh members at least two of which must have attained a specialist GTFCh title. At least one member of the examination board must also be a member of the certification commission. The chairman of the certification commission appoints the head of the examination board. The members of the examination board may not be affiliated with the applicant's institution. The GTFCh's president and the applicant are informed of the formation of the examination board in writing.
 
The head of the examination board is responsible for organising the examination.
 
The applicant may submit a written objection to the executive committee to the composition of the examination board within four weeks after notification. Should objection be allowed, a new examination board must be formed within four weeks.

4. Character (modality) of examination

The oral and individual examination is closed to the public. The examination consists of a lecture on the work field applied for and subsequent questioning, and should take one up to two hours. Prior to the examination, the subject of the lecture will be agreed upon with the examination board. The keeper of the minutes writes the minutes during examination and documents the result which has to be reached in consensus. The minutes are signed by the members of the examination board and sent by the head of the examination board to the chairman of the certification commission within one week, who immediately passes them on to the GTFCh's president.

5. Resitting the Examination 

Should the examination not be passed, it can be resat. Repeat examination must be held within a year and be arranged by a newly assembled examination board.

6. Failing repeat examination

Should an applicant fail to pass the repeat examination, he may submit a written objection to the president within three months. The executive committee decides on further action. Legal recourse is excluded.