The Southern African Polygraph Federation (SAPFED) is a self-regulating professional body which requires its members to adhere to a strict code of ethics, and to conduct examinations in accordance with the organization’s regulations and international standards of practice. SAPFED is a divisional member of the American Polygraph Association (APA); the world’s leading association dedicated to the use of evidence-based scientific methods for credibility assessment.
Only examiners who have qualified from an APA accredited institution may apply for membership at SAPFED. Furthermore, SAPFED requires that all members only use polygraph examination techniques that are considered to be scientifically valid and reliable, reported in at least two peer-reviewed journals, and to attend annual continuous education seminars to ensure that they remain up to date with the latest techniques and research in the field. Should there be a concern that an examiner did not act ethically, fairly, in accordance with international standards of practice, or contravened the regulations of the organization, SAPFED provides a comprehensive quality assurance service that clients may use to review the examination process.
The fact is that polygraph examinations can be a powerful tool or may lead to detrimental consequences if not used properly.
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If an examiner only states that they are APA accredited, however does not refer to their membership status, it is possible that they accredited from a recognized training institution, however, did not apply for membership to any of the recognized professional bodies, which means that they do not necessarily adhere to the required standards of practice, undergo annual training or adhere to the regulations of such institutions.
It is becoming common practice for institutions to claim that they “only use examiners from one institution or an APA accredited institution.” This is done in an attempt to associate the unaccredited institution with APA institutions or to create the impression that the unrecognized institution has equal credibility. If it is not expressly stated that an organization is a divisional member of the American Polygraph Federation, such as the Southern African Polygraph Federation, it is highly likely that the institution is not recognized by them. No wordplay needed.
Ask an examiner for their membership certificates. There have been instances where unaffiliated examiners have used or attempted to use training certificates to create an impression that they are affiliated with, or members of, APA accredited or recognized institutions. Only one document can provide such proof, and that is a membership certificate.
If there are any concerns that a person may be dishonest about their affiliations or qualifications, their SAPFED credentials can be checked on the SAPFED website, or you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you suspect that your examination was not conducted by a professionally qualified examiner, or that the examination was not conducted in accordance with international standards of practice, please feel free to contact a representative of the Southern African Polygraph Federation at email@example.com.