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Society of Forensic Toxicologists, Inc. (SOFT)

The Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT) is a not‐for-profit professional organization composed of forensic toxicology practitioner and those interested in the discipline for the purpose of promoting and developing forensic toxicology. The Society provides an opportunity for the exchange of ideas and information among toxicology professionals in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, through its annual meetings. S.O.F.T. sponsored programs such as workshops, newsletters, and SOFT sponsored technical publications continuously improve the forensic toxicologists' skills and knowledge. The Society raises friendship and cooperation among toxicologists and advocates a high level of professionalism through certification and accreditation programs. The Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT) was founded in 1970 by a group of forensic toxicologists controlled by Abe Freirich at the Naussau County Medical Examiner’s office. The meetings began as informal discussions and took place every fall for the first few years until 1970 when the group decided to construct a formal organization. They felt that a society could do more to promote the cause of forensic toxicology. The Mission of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists, Inc. is to promote and develop forensic toxicology. This organization composed of practicing forensic toxicologists and those concerned in the discipline for the purpose of promoting and developing forensic toxicology. The Guiding Principles are intended to create a culture of ethical behaviour and professional responsibility among SOFT members. The ideas presented here have been drawn from other professional codes and propositions made by leaders in the forensic community. The Guiding Principles have been evaluated and adopted by the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT) Board of Directors with the expectation that forensic toxicology laboratory personnel and forensic toxicologists will use them in training sessions, disciplinary decisions, performance evaluations, and as guides in other management and professional decisions. It is important that all persons involved in forensic toxicology are equally aware of these Guiding Principles and incorporate the principles into their everyday work.

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