About the Council on Forensic Sciences (CFS)

The Council on Forensic Sciences (CFS) is a not-for-profit organization, which establishes educational and training parameters for the practice of forensics. Participants in their educational and training programs are offered transcriptable credits through CCE approved chiropractic colleges which are applicable to board certification. On August 30, 2002, theAmerican Chiropractic Association (ACA) House of Delegates (HOD)adopted bylaw amendments that established the Council on Forensic Sciences (CFS) as a subsidiary of the Council on Chiropractic Orthopedics (CCO).

  • Disability determination systems or programs
  • Impairment rating systems
  • Independent medical examinations
  • Functional (work) capacity and physical assessment (Federal) systems
  • Return to work and fitness for duty (DOT) assessment
  • Fraud and abuse investigation
  • Maximum medical improvement
  • Causation

The CFS recognizes the American Board of Forensic Professionals (ABFP) as its certifying board. The ABFP is the only national chiropractic organization which operates and administers board certification (300+ hours diplomate) and re-certification for forensic, impairment rating, and Department of Transportation (DOT) programs. The ABFP is a member of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA) and is progressing towards reaching a compliant status with the standards set forth by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) guidelines.

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

CFS Mission

The Council on Forensic Sciences (CFS) establishes and promotes educational and training parameters, improves skill sets and encourages collaboration in the practice of forensics (application of medical facts to legal issues and/or proceedings).

The CFS provides graduate and postdoctoral needs-based and evidenced-influenced educational activities, training, tools and technology recommendations to meet the current and future needs of the forensic examiner in the fields of disability determination systems or programs, impairment rating systems, independent medical examinations (IMEs), functional (work) capacity and physical assessment (Federal) systems, return to work and fitness for duty (DOT) assessment, fraud and abuse investigation, compliance issues, post payment audits, ethics issues, documentation formulation, informed consent and/or expert witness activities.

This mission is accomplished by promoting high standards in professional ethics and quality of examination and by carrying out a dynamic strategic plan to help ensure the professional growth and success of Doctors of Chiropractic and other professionals.

CFS Goals

Educational Goals

  1. To develop, promote and direct educational programs in forensics.
  2. To sponsor seminars and courses for professionals to include transcriptable credits.
  3. To publish books, manuscripts, and articles dealing with forensics.
  4. To offer educational programs that will provide the necessary knowledge, skill sets and training opportunities for alliances/affiliations/organizations.
  5. To establish alliances/affiliations with complementary organizations.

Research Goals

  1. To assist the American Board of Forensic Professional (ABFP) in formulating a job task analysis.
  2. To assess the standards of professionals in the field of forensic science.
  3. To assess educational and training opportunities in forensics.
  4. To evaluate the utilization of forensic examiners by the justice system.
  5. To determine the current status of forensic examiners in different professions.
  6. To determine the effectiveness of forensic educational and training programs in affording new employment opportunities for board-certified forensic examiners having appropriate skills and educational background.

CFS Endorsements

The CFS endorses the Objective Scientists Model for forensic examination, expert evidence based on the Reference Manual of Scientific Evidence, American Board of Independent Medical Examiners protocol for Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs), National Association for Disability Evaluating Professionals (NADEP) and Council on Forensic Sciences (CFS) protocol for Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCEs) and professional policies of the American College of Medical Quality (ACMQ) and American Chiropractic Association (ACA).

CFS does not endorse, guarantee, or warrant the work or opinions of any individual member’s qualifications, abilities, or expertise to provide information and educational opportunities. The objective of CFS publications and sponsored activities is to provide, deliver and conduct educational and training opportunities. The views expressed by the authors, publishers, or presenters are their own views and do not necessarily reflect those of CFS. The CFS does not assume any responsibility or liability for its members’ or subscribers’ efforts to apply or utilize the information, suggestions or recommendations made by the organization, publication resources, or activities.

For additional information contact:

Clayton W. Hopkins, DC, DABFP
Secretary, ACA Council on Forensic Sciences
6231 66th Street North
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Phone: 727-544-3330
Fax: 727-544-3221
Email: hclinic@tampabay.rr.com
Website: www.hopkinsclinic.com