Forensic Toxicology

Forensic Toxicology is one of the oldest branches of forensic science. Empirical knowledge laid the foundations for what was to become an independent multidisciplinary field of science in the course of centuries. The main task is still to confirm or exclude poisonings. By employing the latest analytical procedures and highly developed measuring techniques, the department now plays an indispensable role in clarifying uncertain cases of death that could not be elucidated by autopsy alone. The cause of death is determined by collecting body fluids and organ material during autopsy and examining them for drugs, anesthetics, alcohol, household and industrial chemicals, pesticides, volatile noxae and fire gases.

Further fields of activity are:

Clarification of acute intoxications

Pathway identification after acute intoxications

Monitoring withdrawal patients

Blood donor screening (drugs and alcohol)


Hair analysis to detect illegal drugs and alcohol markers for:

Driving ability tests

Workplace drug testing (high-hazard work sites)

Family courts (parenting and contact law, child neglect)

Alcohol and drug consumption during pregnancy

Differentiation between drug consumption and drug dealing

Criminal liability for crimes committed under the influence of drugs

Criminal administration of knock-out drugs

Clinical assessments (abstinence  compliance testing)

Address of the Department of Forensic Toxicology

Turmstr. 21, D-10559 Berlin, Germany 

t: +49 30 450 525031

f: +49 30 450 525904