Membership of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS) enables communication and collaboration with fellow practitioners and entitles you to a range of benefits. The Society is the main Professional Body for individuals working as forensic practitioners, academics, researchers and in related professions in the UK and is considered to be the 'international voice of forensic science'.

The most valued asset of the Society is our members, and we currently have over 2,500 members worldwide. However, we would like to welcome more forensic professionals / students / enthusiasts as members. The larger the pool of forensic expertise, the richer the communication and collaboration, thus leading to effective sharing of best practice and research findings and subsequent progression within the various fields of forensic science.

Member Categories

  • Student (undergraduate only)

    Student membership is available for those who are studying an under-graduate qualification in forensic science or a related subject.

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  • Affiliate 

    Affiliate membership is designed for those who are embarking on a forensic career and those who simply have an interest in the subject.

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  • Associate

    Associate membership recognises recent graduates of forensic science. Associate members are entitled to use the post-nominal ACSFS.

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  • Professional

    This membership denotes professional status and members are entitled to use the post-nominal MCSFS.

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  • Fellow

    Fellowship of the Society recognises outstanding achievements in forensic science or closely related disciplines. Fellows are entitled to use the post-nominal FCSFS.

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Membership Criteria and Fees and Join

Qualifications required? Experience required? Other requirements?
Student X X X
Associate X
Affiliate X X
Member ✓* X
Fellow ✓*** X
Accredited Foresensic Practioner ✓**** X
Retired** n/a n/a n/a
Annual Fee

£25 Join
£75 Join
£25 Join
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£165 More info
£40 More info

✓* min 2 years occupational or 
3 years lecturing

**The annual fee for retired members is £40 irrespective of membership category. To qualify for retired membership fees, you must no longer be drawing a salary and should not be undertaking paid work as a consultant. Written confirmation of this should be provided to the Membership Administrator.

✓*** min 2 years

✓**** min 3 years

Member Benefits

  • A quarterly newsletter, interfaces, sent to your address of choice.
  • Online access to Science and Justice (back to volume 35, produced in 1995).
  • Online access to CSEye electronic magazine.The home of crime scene articles.
  • Reduced rates for online access of 5 Forensic Journals published by Elsevier.
  • Members are entitled to 20% discount on Wiley Books from our book list.
  • Reduced rates at all Society conferences - offering learning and networking.

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