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Postgraduate Professional Education Catalogue for Certification as “Forensic Chemist GTFCh“

Appendix 1 of Postgraduate Professional Education Regulations “ Forensic Chemist GTFCh“


The applicant must acquire thorough specific knowledge, experience and skills in the area of forensic chemistry according to scientific and technical standards. Amongst others is required
  • Independent furnishing of forensic-chemical expert reports under consideration of scientific standards and prevailing case law
  • Participation in scientific events (continuing education arranged by the GTFCh, workshops, conventions, professional symposia of criminal departments etc. - see appendix 1 of the continuing education regulations)
  • Delivering oral expert opinions, particularly in criminal proceedings, and, if necessary
  • publishing independent scientific papers in acknowledged journals.

The applicant may substantiate acquired knowledge, experience and skills by additional

  • independent organisation and conducting of courses (training of police and judiciary members etc.)
  • participation in continuing education arranged by other institutions related to forensic chemistry 
  • participation in relevant courses (like instrumental analysis, rhetorics, statistics)
  • supervision of graduants and postgraduates
  • successful participation in postgraduate university courses or seminars in related topics
  • visitations in other postgraduate professional education institutions
  • supervision of trainees.
The applicant is required to attend further studies in the areas (postgraduate professional education modules) listed below:

Postgraduate Professional Education Modules

Forensic-chemical basics of applied methods as well as comprehensive knowledge in the work field applied for

Material of investigation

Standard matrices
Sample drawing and storage


Special sample preparation
Sample preparation under consideration of further investigational options in other work areas (interdisciplinary thinking)
Aspects of contamination and transfer of traces
Qualitative and quantitative analysis procedures
Method development
Special aspects of forensic analytics

Quality management

Measures of quality assurance
Method validation


Rights and duties of experts

Relevant laws, statutory orders and regulations of the respective work field applied for
Knowledge of current court judgements passed

Forensic expertise

Plausibility of forensic-chemical analysis results
Interpretation of forensic-chemical analysis results under consideration of statistic findings if applicable