Forensic organizations exist in several countries. Within the United States, there are three professional organizations dedicated to forensic odontology. All three organizations meet annually in February as part of a week-long meeting.
The introductory organization is the American Society of Forensic Odontology (ASFO). Enrollment is acquired through the website (Figure 1). Annual dues are nominal. Membership in the ASFO is open to anyone with an interest in forensic odontology; no experience or credentials are required. The ASFO publishes a newsletter periodically each year on their website that provides information on a wide spectrum of forensic odontology-related topics. Membership in the ASFO is an excellent way for those interested in forensic odontology to become involved and to network with other novices and experts in the field. No experience or credentials in forensic odontology are required for membership.
The second organization is the Odontology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). The AAFS is comprised of eleven separate sections of forensic science. The Odontology Section is for forensic odontologists exclusively. The AAFS is a credentialing organization, therefore membership requires satisfying a list of educational, practice and experience levels in order to join. The website details those requirements.
The third U.S. organization is the American Board of Forensic Odontology (ABFO). Membership in the ABFO requires an individual to have significant experience in forensic odontology in order to first become eligible to challenge the certification examination. Once qualified, the candidate must successfully pass the certification examination. Information about the list of requirements necessary to become exam-eligible can be found on the ABFO website. These organizations and their URL’s are listed in Figure 1.
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