UKIAFT Laboratory Guidelines

The UK and Ireland Association of Forensic Toxicologists (UKIAFT) consists of representatives from each of the main laboratories in the United Kingdom and Ireland offering Forensic Toxicology Services. In the absence of national guidelines for forensic toxicology, the UKIAFT approached the board of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists ( with a view to amending the Laboratory Guidelines published jointly by SOFT and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS).

These guidelines do not necessarily reflect opinions about the minimum requirement for any laboratory, nor do they have any regulatory purpose; rather, they are intended to assist laboratories engaged in the practice of forensic toxicology in achieving future goals.

The UKIAFT acknowledge the substantive work carried out by the Guidelines Committee of SOFT and AAFS in establishing the SOFT/AAFS Forensic Toxicology Guidelines in 2006 which provided this document

download UKIAFT Laboratory Guidelines

UKIAFT; Establishing best practice for professional training & development in forensic toxicology

The current status of forensic toxicology in the United Kingdom is discussed with an emphasis on professional training and development. Best practice is proposed using a blend of modular foundation knowledge training, continuing professional development, academic study, research & development and ongoing analytical practice.

The need for establishing a professional career structure is also discussed along with a suggested example of a suitable model.

The issues discussed in this paper are intended to provoke discussion within the forensic toxicology community, industry regulators and other government bodies responsible for the administration of justice.

Full issue can be browsed online at the Science & Justice website or...

download full document in pdf

Member Publications

  • Clarke's Analysis of Drugs & Poisons, 2011. Editors Anthony C. Moffat, M. David Osselton, Brian Widdop & Jo Watts. 4th Edition. Pharmaceutical Press.
  • Clarke's Analytical Forensic Toxicology, 2013. Editors Adam Negrusz & Gail Cooper. 2nd Edition. Pharmaceutical Press.
  • Symptoms and Signs of Substance Misuse, 2014. Authors Margaret Stark, Jason Payne-James and Michael Scott-Ham. 3rd Edition. CRC Press.

Recommended Reading

  • An Overview of New Psychoactive Substances and the Outlets Supplying Them. National Advisory Committee on Drugs.
  • Research and Development in Forensic Science: A Review. Home Office
  • Review of Research and Development in Forensic Science: University Responses
  • Review of Research and Development in Forensic Science: Other Responses

Alcohol Technical Defence

Alcohol Technical Defence (ATD) calculations may be required in a number of casework situations involving drinking and driving.

These guidelines are designed to ensure, where possible, a consistent approach to such casework within the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. There are potentially many parameters that could be used for such calculations which could produce a different evidential outcome given the same information. These guidelines are designed to minimise such potential problems but are not a guide on "how to perform" the calculation

download UKIAFT ATD v2.1

download FSR alcohol back calculation document