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TITLE 37PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONS
PART 15TEXAS FORENSIC SCIENCE COMMISSION
CHAPTER 651DNA, CODIS, FORENSIC ANALYSIS, AND CRIME LABORATORIES
SUBCHAPTER CFORENSIC ANALYST LICENSING PROGRAM
RULE §651.208Forensic Analyst and Forensic Technician License Renewal

(a) Renewal. The Commission may renew an individual's Forensic Analyst or Forensic Technician License up to 90 days before to the expiration of the individual's two-year license term.

(b) Expiration. A Forensic Analyst or Forensic Technician License or renewed Forensic Analyst or Forensic Technician License expires two years from the date the initial application was granted.

(c) Effective date. A renewed Forensic Analyst or Forensic Technician License takes effect on the date the licensee's previous license expires.

(d) Application. An applicant for a Forensic Analyst or Forensic Technician License renewal shall complete and submit to the Commission a current Forensic Analyst or Forensic Technician License Renewal Application provided by the Commission, pay the required fee, attach documentation of fulfillment of Continuing Forensic Education requirements set forth in this section, provide an updated copy of the Commission's Proficiency Testing Certification form signed by the licensee's authorized laboratory representative, and complete the mandatory online legal and professional responsibility update described in this section.

(e) Continuing Forensic Education Including Mandatory Legal and Professional Responsibility Update:

  (1) Forensic Analyst and Forensic Technician Licensees must complete a Commission-sponsored mandatory legal and professional responsibility update by the expiration of each two-year license cycle as provided by the Commission. Forensic Technicians are not required to complete any other continuing forensic education requirements listed in this section.

  (2) Mandatory legal and professional responsibility training topics may include training on current and past criminal forensic legal issues, professional responsibility and human factors, courtroom testimony, disclosure and discovery requirements under state and federal law, and other relevant topics as designated by the Commission.

  (3) All forensic analysts shall be required to satisfy the following Continuing Forensic Education Requirements:

    (A) Completion of twenty-four (24) continuing forensic education hours per 2-year license cycle.

    (B) Sixteen (16) hours of the twenty-four (24) must be discipline-specific training, peer-reviewed journal articles, and/or conference education hours; if a licensee is licensed in multiple forensic disciplines, at least 8 hours of discipline-specific training in each forensic discipline are required.

    (C) The remaining eight (8) hours may be general forensic training, peer-reviewed journal articles, and/or conference education hours that include hours credited for the mandatory legal and professional responsibility training.

  (4) Continuing forensic education programs will be offered and/or designated by the Commission and will consist of independent, online trainings, readings, and participation in recognized state, regional, and national forensic conferences and workshops.

  (5) Approved continuing forensic education hours are applied for credit on the date the program and/or training is delivered.

(f) If an applicant fails to fulfill any or all of the requirements pertaining to license renewal, continuing forensic education and the mandatory legal and professional responsibility update, the applicant may apply to the Commission for special dispensation on a form to be provided on the Commission's website. Upon approval by the Commission, the applicant may be allowed an extension of time to fulfill remaining continuing forensic education requirements.


Source Note: The provisions of this §651.208 adopted to be effective May 16, 2018, 43 TexReg 3106; amended to be effective December 16, 2018, 43 TexReg 7910; amended to be effective June 9, 2019, 44 TexReg 2850; amended to be effective December 30, 2019, 44 TexReg 8336; amended to be effective August 26, 2020, 45 TexReg 5931

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