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The Council on Forensic Sciences (CFS) is a not-for-profit organization which holds Council status within the American Chiropractic Association. The CFS provides graduate and postdoctoral needs-based educational activities in forensic sciences for forensic examiners.
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American Board of Forensic Professionals (ABFP) Certification

The American Board of Forensic Professionals (ABFP) is a nonprofit corporation which provides national certification in a variety of fields. Currently, the ABFP offers diplomate certification in the field of chiropractic forensics (D.A.B.F.P.) and national certification in impairment rating based on the current edition of the AMA Guides to Impairment. The ABFP is National Commission Of Credentialing Agencies (NCCA) compliant and is a member of the National Organization of Credentialing Agencies (NOCA). The ABFP verifies course admissibility, candidate qualifications, provides certification, and maintains candidate records to comply with national credentialing criteria.

What is ABFP Certification?

A provider seeking to qualify as a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Professionals (DABFP) of the American Board of Forensic Professionals (ABFP) must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 300 postgraduate hours in prescribed educational areas and successfully pass the oral and written certification examination as outlined in the ABFP Certification Requirements section.

ABFP Certification Requirements

Each category and the recommended minimum number of hours are noted below. Credit for each category is obtained by completing the minimum number of hours and successful passing of a category examination on the subject matter presented in each session. Education may be obtained from any institution having status with an accredited agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or program acceptable to the ABFP. Any postgraduate course being used to meet these requirements is subject to approval and must be verified in writing by the ABFP.

Impairment Rating Certification

All impairment rating certificates have expired for the AMA Guides 5th edition at the end of 2005. Since there has not been a new edition of the Guides, re-certification only requires a re-exam (concepts). The fee for the ABFP re-certification examination is $150.

Click here to download your application for re-certification > http://www.forensic-sciences.org/abfp/2006_IMP_RE-CERT.pdf

ABFP Impairment Certification
Click here to print the Impairment Rating Certification Application.

A provider seeking to become certified in impairment by the American Board of Forensic Professionals (ABFP) must satisfactorily complete a minimum of:

36 hours in the 5th edition of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment. Official college transcripts need to be provided to verify completion of hours.

OR

A 12 hour update, must have proof of a 36 hour (with a minimum of 6 hours covering the organ systems) 4th edition course (1993-2000). Education may be obtained from any institution having status with an accredited agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or program acceptable to the ABFP. Any postgraduate course being used to meet these requirements is subject to approval and must be verified in writing by the ABFP.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Candidates should submit all completed application materials to the ABFP. These documents will include, but may not be limited to, a typewritten (or printed legibly) and signed application, and an official transcript(s) from the educational institution(s) documenting completion of the required hours. These documents will be submitted to the American Board of Forensic Professionals with the required exam fee as noted on the application.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

ABFP provides equal opportunity/access to all eligible examination candidates. To become certified in impairment rating from the American Board of Forensic Professionals all examination candidates shall:

Hold a current, non-restricted license to practice chiropractic in each state or territory of the United States in which the candidate is licensed. AND
Complete the minimum hours listed above from an ABFP approved institution/program leading toward certification in impairment rating. AND
Successfully complete the ABFP impairment certification exam or one approved in writing by the ABFP.

To maintain active status, all certified impairment rating professionals must re-certify every 2 years. Certificate holders will be notified when their certificate expires and requires renewal.

To apply for certification please print and fill out the Impairment Rating Certification Application and send it to:

ABFP
1615 N. Wilmot Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85712

For more information, please contact:

S. Steven Baker, DC, DABFP
1615 N. Wilmot Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85712
520.323.2888
520.323.9102 fax

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Evaluation of California’s Permanent Disability Rating Schedule
Council on Forensic Sciences, education in forensic sciences for forensic examiners. Impairment rating systems, Independent medical examinations, Fraud and abuse investigation, Functional (work) capacity and physical assessment (Federal) systems, Return to work and fitness for duty (DOT) assessment
In this study, we focus on the system for evaluating permanent disabilities in California, the permanent disability rating schedule. The rating schedule, which is used to determine eligibility for PPD benefits as well as the amount of benefits, is at the center of legislative debates to reduce the costs of the workers’ compensation system. We address several questions: Does the system ensure that the highest compensation goes to the most severely disabled individuals? Do injured workers with impairments to different parts of the body but similar employment outcomes receive similar compensation? Will different physicians evaluating the same injury produce similar ratings? And finally, how can the rating system be changed to improve outcomes for injured workers and employers in California? - click here to download article.

Forensic Diplomate

Forensics is the application of medical facts to legal issues. The healthcare system requires a focused awareness of injury and disability evaluation, analysis of the data, a concise well-written reporting process and an ability to testify on forensic conclusions. Distinguish yourself and your practice through education, training and forensic skill sets that you will gain from the forensic experts coordinating the Forensic Sciences Program, leading to board certification as a Forensic Examiner (DABFP) from the American Board of Forensic Professionals.

 

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