The American College of Forensic Examiners International (ACFEI) is an independent, scientific, and professional association representing forensic examiners worldwide.

We actively promote the dissemination of forensic information and the continued advancement of forensic examination and consultation across the many professional fields of membership. We have elevated standards through education, credentials, basic and advanced training as well as Diplomate and Fellow status.

We serve as the national center for this purpose and circulates information and knowledge through the official journal - The Forensic ExaminerŽ, lectures, seminars, conferences, workshops, continuing education courses, and home study courses.

We believe Forensic Examiners do not 'win' or 'lose' cases. Forensic Examiners seek only the truth and conduct evaluations, examinations, and inquiries and report the true results of their findings in an unbiased and objective manner.

What is a Forensic Examiner?
The term "forensic examiner" refers to a professional who performs an orderly analysis, investigation, inquiry, test, inspection, or examination in an attempt to obtain the truth and form an expert* opinion. Almost every scientific and technical field has a forensic application. A forensic examination refers to that part of a professional's practice that is carried out to provide an expert* opinion.

*Note: Only a judge, under Rule 702, can qualify a professional as an "expert" in a given court case.

Principles of Professional Practice

ACFEI and its members are to remain completely objective and use their ability to serve justice by making an accurate determination of the facts involved.

ACFEI members are not advocates for one side or the other. Members should not intentionally withhold or omit any findings or opinions discovered during a forensic examination that would cause the facts to be misinterpreted or distorted.

ACFEI members should not misrepresent or overstate their credentials, education, training, experience, or membership status.

ACFEI members are expected to refrain from any conduct that would be adverse to the best interest and purpose of ACFEI. Members are to be forever vigilant of the importance of their role and to conduct themselves only in the most ethical and professional manner at all times.

The Forensic Examiner Creed

I do affirm that:

  • »  I shall investigate for the truth.
  • »  I shall report only the truth.
  • »  I shall avoid conflicts of advocacies.
  • »  I shall conduct myself ethically.
  • »  I shall seek to preserve the highest standard of my profession.
  • »  As a Forensic Examiner, I shall not have a monetary interest in any outcome of a matter in which I am retained.
  • »  I shall share my knowledge and experience with other examiners in a professional manner.
  • »  I shall avoid conflicts of interest and will continue my professional development throughout my career through continuing education, seminars, and other studies.
  • »  As a Forensic Examiner, I will express my expert opinion based only upon my knowledge, skill, education, training, and experience.
  • »  The light of knowledge shall guide me to the truth, and with justice the truth shall prevail.

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