Certification of Forensic Scientists

While accreditation of crime laboratories is required in Texas, certification of individual Forensic Scientists is not currently required. However, voluntary certification is available to the forensic scientist and is recognized as an additional measure of quality assurance and credentialing.

During the 84th Legislative Session in 2015, the Texas Legislature passed SB-1287, which requires all forensic analysts to be licensed beginning January 1, 2019.

Please refer to the Texas Forensic Science Commission website for further updates.

For more information on certification, the Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board (FSAB), which was formed by the members of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, recognizes and accredits certain organizations which certify individual Forensic Scientists. Here is a list of organizations which certify Forensic Scientists.