MFSSoc - Member
This class of membership denotes professional status and professional members are entitled to use post-nominals MFSSoc.
Professional membership is open to individuals who have been working in the field of forensic science or closely related fields for at least 3 years and hold relevant qualifications. This is the main category of membership that denotes professional status and therefore, those who are successful in becoming professional members are entitled to use the post-nominals, MFSSoc to indicate professional membership of the Society. Professional members have full voting rights, may serve on Society Council and are subject to the Society Code of Conduct.
Applicants holding an undergraduate or postgraduate degree from a recognised institution in science or other subject related to the practice of forensic science:
- Applicants holding appropriate national qualifications (such as HND, crime scene diplomas, Forensic Science Society diplomas etc.) in subjects relevant to forensic science practice.
- Applicants having relevant qualifications or experience as deemed acceptable by the Council of the Forensic Science Society.
Applicants are expected to satisfy one or more of the following criteria with regards to operational experience:
- Applicants who can demonstrate a professional practice in forensic science and related disciplines either in sole practice or as a member of a larger organisation for a period of not less than two years.
- A minimum of three years experience as a trainer, lecturer, senior lecturer, reader or professor at a recognised institution or training provider and involved in the delivery of forensic science courses or related material, and either a publication and research record in the area of forensic science which has made a contribution to the field or a continuing involvement in professional forensic casework.
- Managers etc, who are involved in developing policy and implementing standards in forensic practice.
Professional Membership Fees and Benefits
For the current professional membership fee and the list of membership benefits, please consult the general FSSoc membership page.
Application to Become a Professional Member of FSSoc
Applicants are required to:
1. Download and complete the application form
2. Nominate two referees who are members of the Society. However if this is not possible references may be accepted from non-members.
3. Collate any supporting evidence (i.e. qualification certificates etc)
Specific questions about membership can be directed to the Membership Secretary and the application documents should be sent to the Membership Secretary at the FSSoc Offices, along with any supporting documentation. Full details of the application requirements can be found on the application form.
Candidates who are unsuccessful in gaining Professional Membership may be offered Affiliate Membership of the Society at the panel’s discretion, until such times as they meet the criteria for Professional Member.
In addition to the application form, we recommend you also complete and return a direct debit form, to ensure that future payment of FSSoc fees is quick and easy for you and also a gift aid form, that enables us as a charity to reclaim basic rate tax already paid on the donation from HM Revenue & Customs. The gift aid form does not affect your fees at all, and benefits the FSSoc and in turn, the FSSoc members.
Direct Debit Mandate