At the TIAFT Annual meeting 2000 in Helsinki, the Executive Committee (Board) announced the institution of the TIAFT Achievement Award, starting in 2001.
This Award is to recognize scientists for outstanding achievements in forensic toxicology through their scientific activities and outputs.
The recipient should be a TIAFT member under 46 years of age by December 31st of the year that the award is given and have been an active member of the Association.
A call for nominations is made in the TIAFT Bulletin and web site early in the year of the award being made. Members are invited to submit nominations, accompanied by a written statement of the accomplishments of the individual and a suitable curriculum vitae of the candidate to the chairman of the Awards Committee. All nominations are treated confidentially. At least 3 nominations must be received before evaluating the nominees. If fewer than 3 nominations are received, the committee can add nominees.
The Committee judges the nominations based on the evaluation criteria and eligibility and makes a recommendation to the board. The board is required to endorse, or not, the recommendation. If the recommendation is not endorsed by the board the chairperson of the selection committee is then required to submit a further name to the board. The committee chair or the president announces the winner of the Award at the TIAFT Annual Business Meeting or annual banquet at the end of the meeting.
The most important criterion is the scientific track record of the candidate in the field of forensic toxicology. This includes number and merit of publications, scientific presentations at national and international conferences, including the annual TIAFT meeting. Impact factors of journals and the Hirsch Index are useful criteria for evaluation.
The award consists of a memento engraved with the name of the award and the awardee's name and a certificate signed by the awards chairperson.
To assist in the implementation of this Award, the Chairman is required to appoint a Committee of at least five persons, including the chair that represents at least four continents and the members are individually known for their strong scientific achievements in forensic toxicology. The committee is chaired by the immediate past president of the Association.
- 2016 - Helena Teixeira, Portugal
- 2015 - Markus R. Meyer, Germany
- 2014 - Sooyeun Lee, South Korea
- 2013 - Volker Auwärter, Germany
- 2012 - Dimitri Gerostamoulos, Australia
- 2011 - Frank Peters, Germany
- 2010 - Simona Pichini, Italy
- 2009 - Robert Kronstrand, Sweden
- 2008 - Aldo Polettini, Italy
- 2007 - Yasuo Seto, Japan
- 2006 - Ilkka Ojanperä, Finland
- 2005 - Frank Musshoff, Bonn, Germany
- 2004 - Bruce Goldberger, Jacksonville, FL, USA
- 2003 - Barry Logan, Seattle, WA, USA
- 2002 - Alain Verstraete, Ghent, Belgium
- 2001 - Pascal Kintz, Strasbourg, France